Lean as Ideology

Lean needs to be understood beyond just the narrow sense of tools, techniques, and practices, and rather be viewed as a systemic and holistic approach transcending the boundaries of the shop-floor and looking at the entire organisation along with the management of the company.


Taiichi Ohno, the godfather of the Toyota Production System (TPS), told us that Lean is “a total management system”. This suggests companies need to embrace Lean as a philosophy and not just view it as a process. The right combination of long-term philosophy, processes, people, and problem-solving is needed to transform into a lean enterprise.


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