By Jon Miller | Post Date: March 22, 2007 5:55 PM | Comments: 2
Mark Graban at the Lean Blog coined L.A.M.E. as "Lean As Misguidedly Executed" and Kevin Meyer at the Evolving Excellence blog builds on this idea in pointing out how Lean is often added on in press releases, though it may be out of context.
Here are 4.5 signs that your Lean effort may be L.A.M.E.:
1. Assuming that your employees know why you are going Lean. The first assumption people will make is that Lean means Less Employees Are Needed. There are simply too many L.A.M.E. cases where this is true. No matter how many times you explain the big picture, customer-focused, long-term thinking reason for going Lean, people will tune back into radio station WIFM - What's In it for Me? So keep communicating the reason Lean is essential until they understand and believe it.
2. Setting an "adequate" level of Lean education for your people. Whether it be a number of hours, certification through attending a number of seminars or courses, reading books or being on a number of kaizen events, as soon as you set the "enough" level of Lean education and ask them to get back to work, you have a misguided Lean execution. Toyota says "monozukuri wa hitozukuri" or "making things is making people". Real Lean is the Thinking People System, and this requires a long-term commitment to superior manufacturing (or service) through people development.
4. Not marketing Lean to your own organization. Resistance to change is everywhere. There are so many reasons in people's minds NOT to implement Lean right now, or not in this area or not for this product. There are so many other things demanding attention. The benefits, challenges, countermeasures to challenges to Lean as well as the need for constant change and learning should be to be marketed and promoted until it becomes part of the air you breathe and the language you speak.
4.5. Having a completion date on your Lean implementation plan. This receives only half marks for being L.A.M.E. because of partial credit for having an actual implementation plan in place. But once you truly understand Lean, you'll want to put a zero after whatever number you have as the completion date, or scratch the number off all together.Comments are moderated to filter spam and inappropriate content. There may be a delay before your comment is published.