Lean finds its origins in Japan, in the Toyota production system, but not many people remember the 14 fundamental rules, and mainly the first one, which is crucial.
- Base your decisions on a long-term philosophy, even at the expense of short-term financial goals
- Organize processes in a piece-by-piece flow to uncover issues
- Use pulled systems to avoid overproduction
- Level the production (heijunka)
- Create a culture of immediate problem solving, quality comes first
- Standardization of tasks is the foundation of continuous improvement and employee empowerment
- Use the visual check so that no problem remains hidden
- Use only reliable, long-proven technologies that serve your people and your processes
- Train managers who know the work inside out, live the philosophy and teach it to others
- Build exceptional individuals and teams who apply your business philosophy
- Respect your network of partners and suppliers by encouraging them and helping them to progress
- Go on site to fully understand the situation (genchi genbutsu)
- Decide by taking the necessary time, by consensus, by examining all the options in detail. Apply decisions fast
- Become a learning company through systematic thinking (hansei) and continuous improvement (kaizen)
Before any improvement project, it is therefore important to remember that it all starts with the long-term strategy of the company. In this period of recovery that we are facing, it is essential to stay focused and make the right decisions for the long-term sustainability of your company.