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Lean Principles

Lean Principles

"However beautiful the strategy, you should occassionally look at the results"
Winston Churchill

14 Lean Principles

These articles reflect on the key ideas and concepts from the  14 Management Principles from “The Toyota Way” by Jeffrey Liker. Lean is not about squeezing more from less. It’s about removing everything that stops us delivering greater value to our customers.

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  • Problem Solving | People & Partners | The Right Process | Long Term Philosophy
Lean Principles
The Core Principles to Success
The 14 Lean Principles are the ``non-negotiables`` that lead to exceptional long term performance
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The DMAIC model remains the roadmap for most Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma quality improvement projects. It is used
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“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” — Yogi Berra The Value of
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“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” – Max DePree Press Release: Leanscape is
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“The greatest impediment to Lean success is not the need for a different or better methodology, or more evidence of
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In 2019, we launched a global education program to deliver process efficiencies, drive cost optimisation and develop best practise sharing
“Small daily, seemingly insignificant improvements, when done consistently over time, yield staggering results.” -The 5 AM Club - Robin Sharma
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“Make decisions slowly by consensus, thoroughly considering all options; implement decisions rapidly.” - The Toyota Way All too often, we
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“... Managers should be so engaged with the shop floor, that they have to wash their hands at least three
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The Lean supply chain relies on value creation - not just price reduction. All too often, we identify the partners
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“Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion." - Brian Chesky, Co-Founder, CEO, Airbnb As a
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"Get out of the office is one of the underlying principles of Lean" With the consistent hiring, firing and the
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"Make sure technology has been thoroughly tested and that it serves the people and the process." With technology advancing so fast, evaluating the
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"Make sure you can understand what is going on within 3-seconds." One of the principles we follow during all our
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"Standardise what you do to create the space you need to change what you do." If you and your team
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"Garbage in ... Garbage out" Lean is about stopping and fixing issues when they go wrong: quickly and consistently, everytime.
10 Reasons Why a Lean Six Sigma Certification Will Benefit Your Career   When it comes to professional development, the
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The Harvard Business Review  (Sept-October 2017) has been sitting underneath the coffee table in the lounge for far too long
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A plan is what, a schedule is when. It takes both a plan and a schedule to get things done.”
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"All too often, we overproduce - We simply do more than is necessary." All too often, we overproduce. We do
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“Make a continuous process flow to surface issues” A great example of the difference between batch and flow is the difference
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"Base your decisions on a long term goals, rather than short term gains.” Staying true to your long term goals
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“Don’t look with your eyes, look with your feet” - Taiichi Ohno You can’t make the right decisions from the
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"Stop escalating. Make decisions at the lowest level of your organization as possible." Identifying what the customer values is so
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"Ask yourself - Would the customer be willing to pay for what you are doing right now?" Identifying what the
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"One of the biggest impacts on our ability to achieve our goals is our environment." Creating the right environment to
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"Stopping what doesn't add value is the quickest way to start improving." At the core of #Lean is the idea
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"Don't stigmitise failure - treat it as an opportunity to learn." All too often organisations who are trying to change
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"Learn to hear and then ignore the NOISE so that you can focus on what will make a difference." Learning
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"Change can only begin when you admit you don't know everything." Behind each change is an admission that there may
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Learning to balance growth, risk and a long supply chain can be quite a challenge with startups who need to
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How much of your life is spent being busy? Ever feel as if between work and home life there is
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The Pareto principle is one of the simplest ways to improve your business results and your thinking. It simply states
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Today you can find a large selection of books on almost any subject and Lean Management is no different. What
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Some of the best minds in the world are designing ways to keep you addicted to your phone. They do
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Every morning I used to come into work, take off my jacket and immediately crowd around the performance boards for
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So what is the difference between Lean & Six Sigma? So what actually do we mean by Lean Six Sigma?
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So what are the business benefits of Lean Six Sigma?   Lean Six Sigma is not particularly new but at
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Non-Lean books to improve your Lean Thinking This list of books has been pulled together from a mixture of recommendations.
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Top 10 Lean Six Sigma Books   So what is a good book if you want to learn more about
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How would you improve the problem statement below? Sales support team operates with X% of Non-Value-Added activities resulting in: -
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Many executives face the challenge of knowing that there is a problem, but their organization lacks the talent or numbers
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We all talk about efficiency at work and initiatives are started to find "better ways to do things". But often the
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One of the most famous and straightforward problem-solving methodologies introduced by Toyota has become known as the "Five Why's". It's
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The Kano Analysis Model is definitely not referred to as often as it should be as its one powerhouse tool to
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Culture eats strategy. This well-known truism has been attributed to the management Guru Peter Drucker,* and as Ryan Holiday says in
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A nowhere God of no time   Flying insults, unleashing one sided power The almighty sits rubbing contently Remoulding the
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Anyone with any degree of Lean training would know "Muda". It is often translated as simply "Waste". In Japanese, waste
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I have been working my way through an audio version of "Extreme Ownership" written by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
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In the video Bill Peterson looks at how productivity is impacted in our current organisations. Without time to think, how
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I have recently witnessed a whirlwind of well intentioned but disconnected projects that have flooded middle managers in confusion and
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When people think about Lean, or Lean Six Sigma, lets be honest, they are imagining intellectual geeks or crazy mathematicians
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Talking to someone about improvements is still to this day not easy. It often gets met with the raising of
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