The Foundation and Language of Lean
In This Chapter
Understanding the foundation of Lean
Learning Lean terms and expressions
If you’ve ever closely watched an elite professional — an athlete, actor, or artist — perform their craft, you’re amazed by how natural and effortless they make it seem. Sometimes, what they do just doesn’t seem humanly possible — just ask any weekend golfer or home do-it-yourselfer. What these professionals will tell you is not only how long it’s taken them to achieve their status, but also that they’re never done — they can always get better.
When you undertake a Lean journey, at first it may feel like you’re trying to become a ballet dancer or an auto racer. It’s new, different, and uncomfortable. The practices may seem strange or even counterintuitive. But with time, education, disciplined application and understanding, you’ll become a Lean professional. To start your Lean journey, in this chapter you’ll learn about its principles and unique terms.
Understanding Lean Basics
Chapter 1 explains the context of Lean: what it is, where it came from, and how closely aligned it is with the Toyota Production System (TPS). As you come ...