The first rule of Lean Manufacturing

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.