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Most organizations get their first exposure to lean through a single process improvement tool that looks like it might help solve some pressing problem of the moment.
If the tool (used in isolation) doesn't work as magically as expected,
then a year later you might hear someone from that organization say,
"Oh, yeah, we tried lean, and it didn't work here."
If they had tried a different tool,
then maybe they could have gotten a better start to their lean journey.
That's why it's a good idea to choose your tool(s) wisely.
Systems2win Excel templates
All of the lean training in this website is best understood when using the Systems2win templates for continuous process improvement.
If you have not yet, you should now either:
to identify, reduce, & eliminate waste
Lean Objectives — What is "ideal"?
Lean Flow — the single most important lean objective
Lean Principles don't change
There are literally hundreds if not thousands of lean methods and tools that have been developed and popularized to attempt to accomplish lean objectives in diverse situations commonly encountered along your lean journey, but the Lean Principles themselves don't change.
Your ultimate goal is for every person in your organization to be so familiar with popular lean systems and tools that they are able to apply the underlying lean principles in new and creative ways that are ideal for YOUR unique and ever-changing challenges.
The essential link between lean tools and lean principles
Lean systems are the essential links between:
1) Lean Tools and Methods
that can be too specific, too detailed, and too confusing for people that don't yet understand what the tool/method is trying to accomplish in relation to the bigger picture
2) Lean Principles, Objectives, and Ideals
that can be too vague, too distant, and too unattainable
Critical enough to deserve their own training web page.
So the Lean Systems training that used to be in this section of this Lean Training home page now has its own training page...
When you click this link, it will open a new window,
so that you can easily come back here
to Reduce or Eliminate Waste
A road map for a typical lean journey
Some of our customers have asked us to create a "road map for a typical lean journey".
Although there are many routes to the top of any mountain,
and every experienced lean practitioner will suggest subtle adjustments...
we have none-the-less provided our own suggested road map for a typical lean journey
with the belief that these suggested steps, tools, and methods will provide a pretty valuable starting point for MOST lean journeys.
We hope you enjoy your sojourn.
The road to lean maturity goes something like this...
similar to the ones you are facing now
and then use the PDCA scientific method to experiment with applying them to your situation
then personalize them
Suggested Reading for
Throughout this website, you will find many training videos, and many links to suggested readings and resources for additional learning. If you appreciate our free online lean training, you can support us by buying your books through these links to Amazon.com.
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"A bad system beats a good person every time."
~ W. Edwards Deming
In the days of the Roman empire, a common saying was...
Lead To Rome
Similarly, no matter where you start your lean journey, all roads should lead to the lean principles that underlie all lean tools.
Your starting point could be any process improvement tool
Your destination is always the
never-changing Lean principles
Your roads are your lean systems