Womack & Defining Lean
Recently, I saw Jim Womack give two talks at the Global Lean Healthcare Summit. One was a talk that could have applied, about Lean in a general sense, to a manufacturing audience as well as a healthcare crowd.
Not that it was a terribly complicated definition, but now Jim is talking about Lean as three principles. As he puts it, “If you like the definition, use it, otherwise you can come up with a different one.”
- Purpose – start with a definition of your purpose, why are you in business?
- Process – define your processes and work toward perfection constantly, focus on your processes, not just on results
- People – Involve and develop your people.
It’s reminiscent of a different Toyota “3P” model.
What models or frameworks do you use for giving people a brief overview into the Lean approach?