Lean Management and Lean Orgs LO12920

John Zavacki (jzavacki@wolff.com)
Tue, 18 Mar 1997 03:48:13 -0500

Replying to LO12916 --

Miriam Grace <ENGR238@KGV1.bems.boeing.com> writes:

> I am interested in your definition of "Lean Management" and "Lean
> Organizations" We are implementing "Lean Manufacturing" here at Boeing
> where methods such as Kanban are being implemented to reduce inventory
> stores, and etc. What does "Lean" mean anyway? Can "Lean Manufacturing"
> be implemented in the absence of "Lean Management?"

Lean means the absence of waste. In Lean Manufacturing, you find JIT, pull
systems, flexible, cellular systems, pay for skills, focus teams, SPC,
etc. Lean Management would imply application of the same principles to the
management of the manufacturing system and its support groups.

I've seen many implementations to Lean with little change in management
structure, which is a shame, but not a tragedy.

John Zavacki
The Wolff Group

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