Chapter 2

The BASICS Model: Baseline (B)

The B in our BASICS model stands for Baseline, or determining “as-is” metrics. It is important to develop a true baseline prior to starting the project so we can ascertain how much we have improved later on (see Figure 2.1).

Figure 2.1  The BASICS six-step model for Lean implementation—baseline. (Source: BIG ­Training Materials.)

Getting Started with Lean

When working with new clients we start by understanding what problems they are facing. We then tour the plant, where we can immediately assess, as you will see later, whether the plant is batch or flow, and what opportunities there are to improve the productivity ...

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