The goal of the lean methodology is to eliminate waste in workplace systems, enhance consumer value and advance business performance. At a very high level, lean systems offers people at all levels of the organization the required skills and a shared way of thinking to methodically drive out waste through designing, refining and improving activities, connections, and flows. Lean drives standardized thinking without which the team responsible for lean transformation will have different taxonomy, tools and projects heading towards different visions. It may not be imperative that the team members mental models are identical, but it is imperative that their thinking is consistent with each other.
After closely studying and assessing the results of lean implementation in organizations, I have observed that it is a business improvement philosophy but is not a fix for poor business strategy. If you dont have a good business strategy, lean methodology alone wont solve your problems. You have to look at the markets you’re in, the business industry, your technology and your competitive advantage. Ive seen some businesses without intelligent strategies that have successfully adopted lean processes but are yet to perform accordingly. Without the fundamentals of strategic planning and the right business sense, its practically impossible. You need a good mix in a team of leaders who understand the industry domain and business strategy. It is not, at its core, a discipline that helps companies formulate broader business strategies and answer strategic questions such as what business domain they need to be in and the markets they needs to target. Lean does, however, eventually become closely linked to company strategy in two ways: 1) Strategic flexibility. The new performance capabilities of a lean organization (quality levels, costs, delivery times, production flexibility etc) make it agile and provide greater flexibility to make intelligent strategic choices in the market. 2) Recover from having made incorrect bets with respect to products or customers or markets.
In summary, lean methodology coupled with right strategic choices can provide a sustainable differentiators to the enterprises of today.
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