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How is LEAN different? Instead of focusing our process improvement efforts on getting our people to work harder, LEAN focuses on identifying and eliminating activities that create wasteful movement by our people, so that they can focus more of their time and energy on productive activities.
Why LEAN? Most products spend 60+% of their time in wasteful activities. By significantly reducing the time spent in these wasteful activities, our process capability (throughput) increases significantly, and our people spend more time doing productive work; resulting in a reduction of operational cost per production unit. By product, we are referring to what the process produces: bag of coffee, purchase order, circuit board, intermodal box loading, etc.
How does the LEAN process work? First step is walking the process, and mapping the process. Second step is collecting and analyzing data around the individual process steps, and completing your value stream map. Third step is where you hold a Kaizen event to develop solutions for reducing the waste identified to be in the process. Fourth Step is where you ensure follow-up on the solutions generated by the Kaizen team until they become a "normal" part of the process. Throughout this whole process, the more you involve the front line workforce and managers in the various steps, the more sustainable and effective a solution you will get.
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