Introduction to Lean
Lean Manufacturing and Lean Systems are philosophies and techniques developed to greatly improve the efficiency, quality, value, relevance and productivity of any system, process or procedure through the identification and elimination of all forms of waste.
These powerful methodologies allow you to identify and map the creation of value throughout your processes, whilst also identifying bottlenecks and wasteful activities. These can then be eliminated through the use of trained kaizen (improvement) teams.
Lean encourages a focus on the purpose of a system, since sight of this can often be lost or corrupted over time. Ancillary processes arise which do not deliver the purpose but are rather a byproduct of failings in the system itself, examples being the handling of complaints or progress chasing.
A Lean approach would examine the root causes of these problems and put in place a strategy to eliminate them, resulting in the purpose being delivered with the minimum of cost, time and other resources.