The term “Lean Thinking” was coined by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones in their book of that title. Lean Thinking is based upon the Toyota Production System (TPS) for improving work processes and reducing waste in organizations. Lean Thinking concepts have moved from the production floor to all parts of the organization–manufacturing as well as operations and administrative functions.
Implementing Lean Thinking in an organization requires planning and training. It’s not enough for upper management to decide to implement Lean–the entire organization’s culture and leadership will be challenged. It is important to select the right people to lead the Lean initiatives within your organization. It is also important to manage the change process. That’s where we can help!