Lean management is basically a combination of 2 famous concepts, ie, Lean & Management.
Lean refers to a systemic method of waste minimization. Lean is a process of waste management especially in a manufacturing process and usually referred to as lean manufacturing or lean production. Lean is all about creating more value for customers with limited or fewer resources.
Management, as we all know, is a process of dealing with or handling things or people. Management is a Process which includes four main functions, i.e organizing, planning, directing and controlling.
Now to summaries, Lean management
is a method that supports the concept of continuous improvement. Lean management is a long-term systematic approach that facilitates small, continuous incremental achievement, in order to improve efficiency and quality of work and processes.
Lean management uses methods and procedures for eliminating factors that waste time, effort or money. This is achieved by analyzing a business process and then reviewing it or eliminating out any steps that do not create value for customers.
In a similar context, let’s see, What is Lean Manufacturing and Lean Production?
Lean production or lean manufacturing
is a systematic method for the elimination of wastes within a manufacturing process. This may include wastes in workloads, overburden and any work that does not add value. Value typically refers to an action that a customer is willing to pay for.
- Lean Management Tool:
- Kanban (pull systems)
- Value Stream Mapping
- Poka-yoke (error-proofing)
- Elimination of Time Batching
- Total Productive Maintenance
- Mixed Model Processing
- Single Point Scheduling
- Rank Order Clustering
- Multi-process Handling
- Redesigning Working Cells
- Control Charts (for checking mura)
Principals of Lean Thinking:
There are five basic principles of lean thinking as highlighted by Womack and Jones.
1. Define Value
2. Map the Value Stream
3. Create Flow
4. Establish Pull
5. Pursue Perfection
The above principals in basic terms can also be defined as
- Focus on the customer.
- Identify and understand how the work gets done (the value stream)
- Manage, improve and smooth the process flow
- Remove Non-Value-Added steps and waste
- Manage by fact and reduce variation
ISEL lean management courses comprise lean fundamentals, lean methods, tools, best practices and six sigma methodology. These courses build your foundation in lean and six sigma principles with industry cases and projects.