A Lean Way of Introducing Lean

The easiest and most effective way we’ve found to engage people:

In the workplace provide a 30-minute introduction to the basics of Lean:

  • Continuous improvement: ¬†Plan-Do-Check-Act
  • The 5 Steps to Lean
  • Value Added and Non-Value-Added
  • The 8 Wastes

Ask people to spend a couple of hours over a week or two to come up with examples of the 8 Wastes in the workplace.  Take digital photos, take videos and post them around the place.

Gather people together in their work groups, share the examples and brainstorm some improvement actions.

Have the group prioritise the ideas using a simple “Ease and Effect” grid.

Convert this into an Action Plan, with tasks, names and dates.

Publish it, implement it, update it, revisit it, review it, do it again …

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