Top Keys to Lean

Here are a baker's dozen keys to successful lean implementations:

1. Base your management decisions on a long-term philosophy, even at the expense of short-term financial goals.

2. Create a continuous process flow to bring problems to the surface.

3. Use pull systems to avoid overproduction.

4. Level out the workload (work like the tortoise, not the hare).

5. Build a culture of stopping to fix problems to get quality right the first time.

6. Standardized tasks and processes are the foundation for continuous improvement and employee empowerment.

7. Use visual controls so no problems are hidden.

8. Use only reliable, thoroughly tested technology that serves your people and processes.

9. Develop exceptional people and teams who follow your company’s philosophy.

10. Respect your extended network of partners and suppliers by challenging them and helping them improve.

11. Go and see for yourself to thoroughly understand the situation.

12. Make decisions slowly by consensus, thoroughly considering all options; implement rapidly.

13. Become a learning organization through relentless reflection and continuous improvement.

Acknowledgement: www.industryweek.com

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