Lean thinking is a kind of methodology or management system which eliminates all kinds of waste in order to maximize value.
Lean thinking was first incorporated by Toyota automobiles in Japan and called the Toyota Production System.
The lean approach rebuilt the production process from scratch and helped Toyota become one of the most successful automobile companies in the world.
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Lean Thinking is based on the following principles: Defining value, mapping the value stream, establishing the flow, pulling work(as opposed to pushing work) and pursuing perfection.
The three primary ways that can attune our minds to these principles are:
One can implement the learnings using any of the tools available to visualize the various stages and flowcharting all the tasks in each stage.
think of every email you get as either something you need to take action on, track, or refer to later.
Every time you open a conversation, decide right away what to do with it. Don’t postpone and come back to it. You touch it once and move on.
Fixing employee productivity in the industrial age, when most workers were handling machinery and it’s parts, was a tedious but doable process. The managers had to fix the people who were making mistakes or were inefficient through systematic management.
Today, in the age of software and intellectual property, when half of the workforce is made up of knowledge workers, the old practices are of no use.
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