Language of Lean
Most organisations have either heard of or deployed the concepts known collectively as "Lean" and the word has embedded itself into common parlance over the last few years. The concept was well known and used in the manufacturing sector initially and there has been a relatively seamless transition into other commercial areas such as banking and now the Public Sector. Like most successful concepts the basic ideas are simple and easy to understand, the difficulty comes in the deployment and implementation. However some protagonists do not help by insisting on using Japanese terms to describe the various techniques and then adding their own flavour to what is essentially a highly pragmatic and readily understandable concept. Others seek to increase this confusion with an array of numbers; the 7 wastes, 6 sigma, 5S, the 4 lean laws and for some the use of an A3.
Let's examine the key principles. There is a fundamental hypothesis about the current situation in any organisation that underpins the use of Lean and that is explained in 5 principles:
To correct and improve any situation Lean redesigns what is happening by:
By focusing on the needs of the Customer and organising your activities in a way that actually delivers Customer requirements, Lean techniques enable costs to fall at the same time as improving customer satisfaction and service delivery.
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