Lean (also known as Toyota Production System or TPS) can be applied in a flexible manner to achieve effective results every time. Though there are no boundaries to the potential of Lean, the key to Lean Thinking is driven by the following 5 key principles:
Lean Principle 1 : Value
Identify and create products or services that add value to a client’s objectives, ensuring full customer satisfaction and beyond.
Lean Principle 2 : Value Stream
Identify the vital steps that facilitate an efficient production or service line workflow, and also the unnecessary steps that result in waste. Optimise workflow through eliminating the non-value steps and create a value stream.
Lean Principle 3 : Flow
Eliminate steps in the workflow that potentially cause interruption, backflow, delay or destruction. Create efficient steps without these negative effects result in a value flow.
Lean Principle 4 : Pull
Supply only upon demand. Produce only when the customer pulls, so that no resources are wasted.
Lean Principle 5 : Perfection
Strive for perfection by continually removing successive layers of waste as they are uncovered.
By adopting a holistic approach to Lean (also known as Toyota Production System or TPS) which encompasses the 5 principles, and deploying Lean tools and techniques to gradually eliminate waste, an organisation gets progressively Lean.
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(Reference: Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation,James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones)