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How to apply lean to your company

Lean management is becoming more and more popular. Companies are trying to adopt lean techniques in an effort to improve efficiency, profitability and the most important customer satisfaction. By implementing lean management they’ve been able to save time and money in their businesses.


What’s lean management?


The definition of lean that The Lean Enterprise Institute created is “maximizing customer value while minimizing waste.” It’s all about creating more value for your customer – delivering great value results in better satisfaction and more sales. Using fewer resources along the way means your business operates more efficiently.


When you use a lean strategy it is important to be aware of continuous process improvements. It will help you make more success in short terms. Lean management can be summed up with three key concepts:


-          Delivering more customer value

-          Minimizing waste

-          Continuously improving


Who Benefits?


Lean thinking can be applied to any industry or business model. Whether you work in software development, manufacturing systems or industrial engineering, you can apply the principles of lean to your operations. Using lean is beneficial for your customers, team members, and shareholders if you have them. Advantages of the lean methodology are:


-More efficiency – puts the productivity in the center of your business and eliminates waste

-Improved focus – staff can focus on doing things that can give you the greatest value

-Increases adaptability – lean management allows you to easily adapt and change things when it’s needed


The 5 principles


There are five lean management principles that are important:


1.   Identify value

2.   Map value streams

3.   Develop continuous workflows

4.   Create a pull system

5.   Continuous improvement


Combination of these principles creates lean production, manufacturing, and operating systems if the company decide to use them in processes and work culture.


1. Identify value


Having values as work culture is the core of every business. It’s the reason that customers are willing to pay – if you don’t solve the customer's problem or you don’t have the same values you won’t be able to make any business.

Once, you decide what your values are - you will easily find the right customers. Their positive feedback is the greatest value you can get.


2. Map value streams


Analyze the current state and design future state for the series of events that take a product or service. By clarifying everything in your business process you can easily identify any parts that are not coherent with your values and don’t contribute value to the customer.


3.  Develop continuous workflows


Once you decide your and customers values you will need to create continuous workflows. You need several teams, materials, and steps that occur in tight sequence and you need to coordinate everything. Visualizing a workflow and creating a smaller section is an effective way to predict potential barriers and address them.


4.       Create a lean management pull system


Pull system allows you to make products or develop services in response to customer orders. The purpose of implementing a pull system is to build products based on the actual demand of the customers. By doing some company can focus on eliminating waste activities in the production process.


5.       Continuous improvement Software


It is important to revisit any aspects of the process that have opportunities for improvement. You will increase efficiency and productivity on a consistent basis and be able to improve products and enhance services and having the best customer satisfaction.


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