An introduction to the lean enterprise 10 step lean training and implementation model
I created the 10 Steps to become a Lean Enterprise training and implementation model as a result of working with different clients over several years. I developed the model after doing my own research into successful lean implementation projects and trying to determine why these improvement teams achieved such positive results. What I found during my research really surprised me because it was not what I expected. I discovered a common pattern of behavior in the way the teams were being trained and how they were applying the lean tools during each lean implementation project.
I found that the improvement teams from the most successful projects were only trained in a limited number of lean tools and techniques. In fact, I discovered that it was an average of eleven different lean tools and techniques. This was a big surprise to me because there are literally hundreds of different improvement tools and techniques that are used by companies throughout the world.
So, this caused me to take pause and ask a question. Was it really this easy?
I had to be sure so I decided to formalize my research and I designed and developed the ’10 Steps to become a Lean Enterprise’ model. The list of lean tools and techniques included in the 10 step model are taken from the Toyota Production System (TPS), which is considered to be the accepted standard for a world class lean enterprise. The 10 Step lean training and implementation model follows a natural progression in organic capability and process improvement. It creates a structure that can be used as a road map by any organization to guide their lean implementation process. The 10 Step model adheres to the principles of PDCA (or Deming) Cycle. In the ‘DO’ section of the model the steps are divided into two categories of activities: Process Control and Process Velocity.
Lean Enterprise – 10 Steps Lean Training and Implementation Model
Here are the ten steps from the 10 Steps to become a Lean Enterprise training and implementation model: