Lean Thinking and Methodologies
• Lean Thinking is a well developed and defined methodology which seeks to eliminate waste and add value for both the Customer and the Business Enterprise. It has its origins in the Toyota Production System (TPS), but has become widespread throughout the world in many sectors over the last twenty years
• Lean Thinking is a business growth strategy, which enables more effective utilisation of organisations resources and effectively enables more to be achieved with less.
• The change starts with Strategic objectives being defined and then how these translate throughout the organisation to enable a Lean Transformation. Typical results that are achieved with Lean deployment include:
The principle elements of Lean Thinking include:
• Value and the value stream
The Lean Tool-box:
When embarking on a Lean Transformation journey the principles of Lean are utilised and the company strategic objectives can be achieved through using the Lean Toolkit. Some of the key tools that will be used during the transformation include:
• Value Stream Mapping & Analysis (VSA).
• Kaizen, rapid change events.
• 5’S’ program incorporating the 7 wastes.
• Effective problem solving methodology (A3 thinking and 5 Why’s)
• Takt time, SMED, Error proofing (poke yoke), SPC.
• Total Productive Maintenance (TPM).
• As an organisation progresses on its transformation it can utilise further elements of the program as suited to its challenges.
- In order to truly execute a Lean Transformation in an organisation it requires a cultural change to occur also, and in this context senior management engagement is a crucial element of the change program.