Lean Manufacturing and Lean Services is a process philosophy that guides a practical approach to continuous performance improvement.
Historically, firms have been organised in functional silos with poorly defined processes. Successes at at world class organisations have defined new models of performance and operational efficiency. One solution has been the development of Lean, which is intolerant of waste.
Those early adoption companies have evolved a new methodology which sees Lean embedded in the Six Sigma initiative.
Lean manufacturing and Lean services is based on the notion that wherever work is done, whether operational or transactional in nature, waste is being generated. By applying Lean tools and techniques, an organisation begins to manage its processes to an optimal level. By focusing on the identification and elimination of waste, processes flow continuously.
Lean manufacturing and Lean services encompass less analysis such as Six Sigma DMAIC or DFSS, and relies greatly on a team based approach. This facilitates a quick understanding of the process, identification and elimination of waste. The outcome is an effective and efficiently running process and ultimately a more profitable business.
Lean is a flexible methodology that can be used at all level within and around an organisation. It is not a long, complicated methodology based on statistical analysis.
Five principles for Lean are:
Lean Manufacturing and Lean Services Excellence objectives are set top down:
Lean Manufacturing and Lean Services Excellence is delivered bottom-up
Lean Manufacturing and Lean Services Excellence is sustained when everyone's efforts are synchroniced
of the typical Lean Manufacturing and Lean Services tools and techniques employed include: