Are you looking for ways to improve the profitability of your company? If so, lean principles may be just what you need.
A transition to lean practices is a significant undertaking. Fortunately, there are multiple techniques, methodologies, and guidance available to any organization considering the task. Regardless of which path and tools are employed, organizations must consider the IT requirements and whether their organization’s existing IT infrastructure and applications either support or hinder lean initiatives.
Lean is something more than just cost reduction. It’s reducing time-to-market, it’s improving service quality, it’s reducing risk exposure, it’s increasing employees’ quality of life. It’s also cost reduction, but the point is to obtain all these other benefits simultaneously.
Effective lean transformations yield major improvements not only in productivity, but also in speed, quality, customer loyalty, employee engagement and, most importantly, growth. Attaining these results, and ensuring that the underlying changes endure, is possible only through lean management’s comprehensive approach. Rather than focusing only on “how the work gets done,” lean management addresses all dimensions of a transformation at once, recognizing that each provides crucial support to the others.