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Lean Confessions: Is Lean disruptive?

Friday, June 3rd, 2011 : 0 Comments

In today’s global marketplace, manufacturers can’t afford to sit still. Many companies are considering making their operations Lean, however they fear this will cause a complete operation overhaul! This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

In actuality, Lean initiatives can be implemented in pieces. Imagine requesting a dessert and someone brings you a whole pie. Just because you have the option of eating the whole thing doesn’t mean that you actually have to. In fact, you could cut it into pieces and take your time getting through it. Lean implementation is just like that!

In many cases, it is best to identify the individual initiatives that need to be put in place first and then apply small changes to improve process and work flow over time. Some companies find it difficult to prioritize because of the different points of view and differing agendas. A third party can guide your organization through the prioritization process quickly and easily to ensure the best possible outcome. This particular technique has helped many companies see significant results and progress more quickly than they initially expected.

Has your company avoided Lean because of the fear of a complete operation overhaul? Does realizing that Lean implementation can be broken down make it more promising for your organization? We would like to hear your input! Let’s discuss!

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