What is Lean?

Lean is about creating the most value for the customer while minimizing resources, time, energy and effort. A lean approach to work is about:

  • understanding what’s really going on at the place where value is created – commonly known as the gemba.
  • improving the processes by which products and services are created and delivered.
  • developing and empowering people through problem solving and coaching.
  • developing leaders and an effective management system.

Lean thinking and practice help organizations become both innovative and competitive, which in turn allows them to become sustainable.

Read more at Planet Lean

Daniel Jones introduces Lean is this short “What is Lean?” video

These are the five dimensions of Lean transformation

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And a 7 minutes animation to explain what Lean Transformation is:

Want to know more?

Watch this lecture by Jim Womack – the founder of Lean theory and practice

Or this introduction to Lean Thinking produced by the U.S Government in Washington (17 minutes)

And for the rest of it: Go See, Ask Why, Show Respect