Lean principles are an excellent set of guidelines to help improve any process. By taking the time to learn and apply these principles, we can begin to optimize our projects and improve the quality of our work.
Identify Value: Identify the products, services and processes that create value for your customers.
Map the Value Stream: Map out the existing process for each product, service and/or process essential for delivering value to the customer.
Create Flow: Streamline the process and make sure that it is functioning as smoothly and quickly as possible.
Establish Pull: Make sure that each step in the process is pulled in by the customer or the end result.
Pursue Perfection: Always strive to improve the process to ensure that the customer satisfaction is high and stays high.
Encourage Respect: Make sure that everyone involved in the process is treated with respect and is given the opportunity to innovate and make contributions.
Create an Action Plan: Make sure to use empirical data to monitor and adjust process controls when necessary.
These seven lean principles can be used to improve any process that you encounter, whether it be in the workplace, in your business, or in everyday life. Utilizing these principles allows foor organizations to create high-quality results efficiently and cost-effectively.
By focusing on these principles, organizations can better position to succeed by understanding and prioritizing value, engaging employees and reducing waste.
For more on the 7 Lean Principles, you can refer to this link from the Lean Enterprise Institute: