Lean is more than a simple collection of tools; it is an interconnected system that focuses an entire organization on creating the value that customers want in the most efficient and effective way possible.
In an effective Lean system:
- Practitioners work continuously to eliminate the defects and rework in their systems
- Material and information is "pulled" by downstream processes in the system
- Value-added work is enhanced and non-value-added work is minimized
- Resources (including employee skills) are maximized to the greatest extent possible
- Inventory is minimized and delivered just-in-time
- Problems are identified at their source and resolved as quickly as possible
- Quality, productivity, performance, cost reduction, and information-sharing are continuously improved
In short, Lean aims to simplify the process of delivering value by using the fewest possible resources in a fully effective way.
When properly developed and maintained, a Lean approach provides an organization and its stakeholders with many benefits. Check out our latest infographic to learn more about the eight benefits of Lean.