FOR FUTURE LEAN EXPERTS
Welcome! This guide was crafted to take you on the first steps of your Lean journey. Here you will get familiar with the main concepts of the Lean methodology and understand how you can benefit from it.
By the end of this experience, you will know how to deliver more value to your customers, reduce the waste in your processes and continue to improve on a daily basis.
Enjoy the ride!
*If you already know what Lean is and are ready to implement it, check out our Lean Implementation Guide.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: WHAT IS LEAN?
Imagine if in your company every process (seriously, every process, even coffee making) ran smoothly. Envision a world where no one’s time and no supplies were wasted. Picture employees who were never overloaded nor with nothing to do. Visualize every customer benefiting from that.
Sounds great, right? That’s the Lean magic.
Lean is a methodology that helps organizations to thrive by increasing the quality of their products and services and by helping them to deliver more value to their customers while minimizing waste and continuously improving.
Lean management is based on 5 core principles:
- identifying value
- mapping your value stream
- creating flow
- establishing a pull system
- continuously improving
LEAN IS TRIED-AND-TRUE
In the 1940s, Taiichi Ohno was Toyota’s chief of production. Back then, he was trying to find a way to eliminate or at least reduce wasteful processes in the company and to cut out activities that didn’t add value to the customer. The Toyota Production System (TPS) was then created and it laid the foundations of what we today call Lean management.
TPS worked so well for Toyota that the system and the Lean way spread and became the main management methodology of major companies around the world like Amazon, Pixar, Capital One and Caterpillar. Check out the timeline:
“Even though it was created long ago, the good news is that Lean is not a static methodology. It’s ever growing, evolving and adapting to many industries and segments. Nowadays, Lean is up-to-date with the market best practices, softwares and processes. Today, Lean is for everyone.”
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And learn how to deliver more with less.Go to chapter 01: Value