Why is “What is Lean?” ‘A Simple Question Without An Easy Answer’?

  Why is “What is Lean?” a ‘simple question without an easy answer?’  First of all, “what is lean?” is not a question whose answer can be qualified as “easy” or “hard” but rather “clear” or “vague” or “right” or “wrong”. Definitions exist. The lean community accepts ambiguity, likes the convenience of defining it one’s […]

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What does ‘right first time’ mean in an R&D environment?

  Decades that have passed since anchoring principles of Lean have been published, reworded and republished, from Deming, Liker and others. Lean tools and their results abound, but Lean behaviors evidencing belief in these principles are still somewhat lacking. The notion of creating more open and innovative cultures by removing fear and blame, not unique […]

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