An introduction to the lean enterprise 10 step 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 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 (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

Lean Enterprise

Lean Enterprise – 10 Step Model

Here are the ten steps from the 10 Steps to become a Lean Enterprise training and implementation model:

Step 1 – Strategy Deployment
Step 2 – Value Stream Mapping
Step 3 – Workplace Organization
Step 4 – Improve Process Flow
Step 5 – Reduce Changeovers
Step 6 – Implement a Pull System
Step 7 – Balance the Workload
Step 8 – Standard Work
Step 9 – Continuous Process Improvement
Step 10 – Lean Supply Chain
The ten steps are in a specific order, but an organization must only implement steps 1, 2 and 3 in the prescribed sequence. Steps 4 through 9 can be done as and when the resources or opportunities become available.

The 10 Step lean training and implementation model takes and individual or group through three levels of application proficiency and capability.

These three levels are:
Level 1 – Lean Awareness – This is our beginner level training package.
Level 2 – Lean Practitioner – This is our intermediate level training package.
Level 3 – Lean Expert – This is our advanced level lean training package.
The 10 Step lean training and implementation model can be applied to any business, organization or process. We have create lean training materials and developed course to cover three specific business fields:

You can find more details about any of these training packages…click the link above.

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 Posted on : April 3, 2012

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