There are many tools for improving the performance of organizations and a significant part of them are "Lean tools" or "Lean methodologies", derived from the "Toyota Production System" or theorised in the books by J. Womack, T. Jones and D. Roos ("The machine that changed the world" and "Lean Thinking").
How many Lean principles exist, 2, 5, 7 or 14? And which ones are the true Lean principles? Indeed, the Lean principles are defined in numerous books, publications and reference websites on Lean.
Value Stream Mapping (VSM), or value chain mapping, is a technique for visualizing and improving processes within a company. It is an essential tool that allows organizations to focus on the activities that generate the most value, eliminating inefficiencies and waste.
What is lean managementLean management remains a concept frequently mentioned in the professional world. This management philosophy aims to maximize value for the customer while minimizing waste.
Lean manufacturing principles should be clear, with people at the center. In reality, the multiplicity of historical Lean Manufacturing models confuses them.
The 5S methodology is an approach that brings many benefits and can be very well accepted by the users. Nevertheless, if its implementation does not apply a rigorous process, it quickly becomes a burden and can bring Lean into disrepute...and the managers with it.
Lean was neither created in a day, nor only at Toyota. Here is thie history of Lean and how it has evolved from Henry Ford to today.
How many times have we looked for Lean manufacturing assessment tools? For my part, often by spending a lot of time on Google or by asking my fellow consultants. With not always satisfactory results.