Introduction

At first glance, the improvement techniques within the Lean philosophy appear to provide a solution to many types of production-related issues. A powerful and effective improvement philosophy, Lean can prevent company failure or launch an organization into world-class operational excellence.

I have been a Lean practitioner for over 15 years and have been involved in many Lean transformations. It does not matter the industry you work in, the product you produce, or even the processes your company uses to transform a finished good; the problems and opportunities you face are the same as everyone else. Your company is not “different” or the exception to everyone else. You, as a Lean practitioner, desire a smoother-running facility, ...

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