I've been very interested in applying lean to daily work routines and practices and have been (unfortunately very slowly) working on a series of posts that provide various ideas and examples on how lean practices can be applied to every day tasks. The article and post on Too Much Email is an excellent example of easily identifiable waste that should be eliminated from daily routines. There are many more general business processes that are ripe to be examined from a lean perspective.
My goal with these posts is not only to identify opportunities to make your work, and the work of those around you more efficient but to also create examples across organizations and functions of lean ideas implemented in a setting that everyone will readily understand. I'm sure many have seen an office supply cabinet with visual controls and a kanban system for replenishment to show how these tools can reduce inventory and wasted time. I hope to stretch this thinking, build on every day examples and use the blog to document ideas and comments from everyone.
Look for some Everyday Lean posts to start in the next few days. I really encourage everyone to participate in discussions by adding your own comments, references or experiences. I also welcome ideas for additional posts in this area.
3/15/06 Everyday Lean: Email Inventory
3/17/06: Everyday Batch: Rental Car Shuttle
3/21/06: Everyday Lean: Online Bill Pay