"Lean and mean manufacturing"
When I see “mean” in a headline, it's strange… I would expect that to be negative article, but this article is positive and pretty accurate.
“Most people think of lean as a system designed to keep inventory and waste to a minimum. While that's true, the whole point of lean is to be extraordinarily customer-focused and responsive. Reduced inventory, lead times, paperwork and errors are a by-product of a system focused on the end-customer.”
Not a bad definition. The lean methods they mention in the article are all solid. They don't talk about the culture or management practices, other than allowing workers to stop the line when a quality problem occurs.
Why would you say “mean” in a positive article? That blows me away. There's nothing positive about “mean” right?