… and how does it relate to Kaizen?
We touch up on another Business Process Improvement (BPI) method in relation to KAIZEN. Kaizen talks about improving through various ways one of which is by eliminating wastes. Wastes refer to the work that takes up too much of your effort and time and can actually be simplified.
In BPI, there is a name for that. It’s called LEAN. And once again, this philosophy is something we can thank Toyota for.
Lean was originally created by Toyota to eliminate waste and inefficiency in its manufacturing operations. The process became so successful that it has been embraced in manufacturing sectors around the world. For an American company, being lean is critical for competing against lower-cost countries.
This philosophy has long been considered a way to greatly improve manufacturing efficiency. Lean can be applied to any business or production process, in any industry. For example, lean is now being used extensively in the healthcare industry to improve efficiency and reduce costs. The principles can even be used, on a smaller scale, to organize your office, workspace, or laboratory.
The goal of lean is to eliminate waste—the non-value-added components in any process. Unless a process has gone through lean multiple times, it contains some element of waste. When done correctly, lean can create huge improvements in efficiency, cycle time, productivity, material costs, and scrap, leading to lower costs and improved competitiveness. And remember, lean isn’t restricted to manufacturing. It can improve how a team works together, inventory management, and even client interaction.
Lean can be infectious. Customers will notice big improvements as you implement lean and likely want to be part of your process. This collaborative thinking will also extend to your suppliers as well, who will want to use lean themselves to generate their own improvements.
A lean organization understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. The ultimate goal is to provide perfect value to the customer through a perfect value creation process that has zero waste.
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