Fast | Flexible | Stable
Lean is generally viewed as a toolbox full of methods, tools and disciplines to achieve process improvement.
The three outcomes desired from Lean can be described as; Stability, Flexibility and Speed in processing. This is accomplished by eliminating processing waste, referred to as "Muda." Muda represents a complication of seven dysfunctions or abnormalities that Lean Operations works to prevent, or atleast minimise their impact.
Organizations and processes are complex to standardize, especially when there are many products or services traversing the same work stations and operations. What intially appears simple requires an Enterprise-wide analysis.
The common implementation of visual techniques, such as; 5S and Visual Management are common low-level engagements but achieving peak performance requires the inclusion of three significant paradigms and their accompanying tools and techniques: Jidoka, Heijunka & Kaizen...