I often see references to “what’s next after lean?” I saw two this past week, including this article. I have to chuckle, because are we ever “done” with lean? Toyota certainly is not done with lean, nor have they let lean stop evolving (see the “TPS2” concept). For one, I’m suspicious of those who claim we’re moving beyond lean, because they normally have something to sell (such as a software “solution”). This article is a bit more disturbing, because it says ‘U.S. manufacturing executives are looking for “life after lean.”‘ I’ll go out on a limb and say anyone who thinks they are done with lean really doesn’t get it. Am I too skeptical that “lean has become a way of life”? Or do we all still have much much more work to do? I don’t think we should be patting ourselves on or collective backs quite yet. Do you see it different? Click “comments” to chime in.
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