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Rethinking the Basics: Tips for Using Lean Improvement Methods

Summary: Applying lean practices to an organization that isn't in the manufacturing industry might seem tricky, especially to those new to quality methodologies. However, lean can be applied in many fields other than manufacturing, and can save costs and drive productivity up. Eliminating waste in an organization requires the knowledge of the employees in charge of any given process, as well as the capability to decide what processes are needed and what are not. Some processes will require more thought if they are considered nonvalue-added, but necessary to the operation of a business or organization. Implementing lean methods will require a culture shift in organizations that did not previously rely on quality initiatives to improve processes, but that shift can lead to more quality methodologies down the line.

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  • Topics: Lean
  • Keywords: Waste, Lean manufacturing, Improvement, Process, Organizational culture
  • Author: Keim, Elizabeth M.
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation