All companies started from scratch at some point. The difference between the ones that succeeded and the ones that fail is their internal Lean management principles, reducing costs, improving product value and maximizing the profit margin. To make the most of it, five major principles need to be strictly applied in all organization.
1. Motivation Trough Vision
An idea must not be taken for granted. It there is reason to believe that it can be improved then it must be improved. It needs to be discussed with others, elaborated, detailed and changed to suit the business needs. The more people know about it the better.
2. Set Objectives Objectively
Everyone should be involved in the project if it is relevant for them. Ideas should not be stolen, competition should not be spied on and creative and original think should be heavily endorsed and rewarded.
3. Conversion Measurement
No improvement can be taken seriously into consideration if there are no metrics that can track it. There needs to be a measurable way of proving that the Lean project can save time or money in one way or another.
4. Experimental Development
Taking an idea directly off the paper and onto the live production process is not a recommended practice. The performance of an improvement needs to be tracked, measured and compared with previous results before it was tested.
5. Team Involvement
The team needs to be actively involved in the development process. Everyone needs to be informed, they should test and even come with ideas for the improvement. Each contribution can be reflected in the final result and measured with the aid of metrics of KPIs.
Lean projects are generally highly appreciated throughout all companies that adopted this philosophy. Most of them developed special incentive programs to reward the ones that can help the company eliminate waste. Lean management is an important part of the process and without it, nobody would even bother to find an improvement idea.