Here’s an article about the Air Force’s ongoing Lean efforts, a Major General giving a speech about Lean in Turkey:
General Rogers began with a big picture explanation of the Air Force’s strong focus on the “lean process” — the endless pursuit of identification and elimination of waste, adapting to change, and continuous process improvement.
That’s a pretty good standard definition — but what about people?
General Rogers stressed that the focus of lean should be on enabling the Air Force’s people, for they are the key component of all processes.
“Lean is a great leadership development tool that should be used to mentor your people and develop them,” the general said.
Oh, there we go. That’s good that the Air Force sees the people development potential of Lean. That’s always in the center of Toyota diagrams about the Toyota Production System, people and the development of people. Lean isn’t about the Generals figuring out what waste to eliminate, it’s about involving everybody.
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