CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY AND NATURE OF LEAN PROJECTS
Before we consider lean thinking/projects it is useful to clarify a definition, look at the history, and consider some of the variants of how it is used today. This is useful, as many organisations use the phrase ‘lean’ to merely mean cost cutting, without any real understanding of the approach or how it should be applied. These factors will be the main consideration of this chapter.
Lean – A definition
We could define lean thinking as:
Improving processes to ensure maximum customer value whilst minimising waste through continuous improvement.
Simple – and not a single Japanese word (more of that later)! Although there are many, and varied, definitions for lean manufacturing/thinking ...
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