Keys to Lean Implementation
The following are some considerations for successful Lean (also known as Toyota Production System or TPS) implementation:
Prepare and motivate people
Widespread orientation to Continuous Improvement, quality, training and recruiting workers with appropriate skills
Create common understanding of need to change to Lean
Push decision making and system development down to the “lowest levels”
Trained and truly empowered people
Share information and manage expectations
Identify and empower champions, particularly operations managers
Remove roadblocks (i.e. people, layout, systems)
Make it both directive yet empowering
Atmosphere of experimentation
Tolerating mistakes, patience, etc.
Willingness to take risks
Install “enlightened” realistic performance measures, evaluation, and reward systems
Do away with rigid performance goals during implementation
Measure results and not number activities/events
Tie improvements, long term, to key macro level performance targets (i.e. inventory turns, quality, delivery, overall cost reductions)
Execute pilot projects prior to rolling culture out across the organisation
After early wins in operations, extend across the Lean Enterprise
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