Lean Fundamentals


And, please, keep on your mind the Lean is about practicing, patience, endurance. And mainly it is about your aim and your willingness to reach it. But “..a bit of theory will not kill anybody…

Although Lean is probable the strongest currently known and universally applicable methodology of continuous improvement, mainly in US and European part of the world, it also has certain weaknesses.

Deep studies of Japanese approach to Lean/Kaizen disciplines discovered for me several surprising and interesting deviations from the traditional EU/US understandings of this discipline.

The term Lean is not used as often as in Euro-American companies, some people even do not know it, but the term KAIZEN, is very common and understandable easily by everyone in Japan.

Balance and continuous development in harmony has, comparing to the US/EU standard Lean approach, much more important, than the speed. Old good Japanese turtle achieving the top of Fujiyama, is not a joke, but deep cultural habit based on long lasting historical experience.

PEOPLE and general circumstances are the two most underestimated elements of many Lean initiatives, across the industries, disciplines, or countries.

People involvement is the first and key subject of Lean Art effort.

The mutual influence of the ambient conditions (not always the working environment, only) and human mentality is the subject of advanced Lean Art disciplines.

People involvement, their free will to take care about themselves and their future, to improve continuously, to succeed in changing process, and to live successfully with rapidly changing economical conditions, together with their ability to live useful and happy life, feeling of personal fulfillment, this is the content and focus area of Lean Art That is Lean Art Value Add to Lean Sigma community life.