Backed by popular demand, I was asked to provide a condensed version of Lean Enterprise.
Forget about the long class sessions, thousands of pages of reading, and hours of practice. -What’s asked for is a bones basic version of what I know.
Okay. Let’s see what I can do.
There are five concepts to Lean: Value; single-piece-flow; flow; waste and continuous improvement.
- Identify who your customer is and what he/she values, value defined as any product or service he/she wants and willing to pay for that’s delivered on time and hassle and defects free;
- Adopt single-piece flow methodology as opposed to batch and cue.
- Use Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraint’s five principles (identify, exploit, subordinate, elevate and repeat) to keep the flow of work in constant and unencumbered motion;
- Use Muda, Mura, Muri and TIMWOOD concepts to recognize and eliminate waste;
- Improve (aka continuous improvement) every second of the day.
There you go.
Now, let’s get LEAN!