Lean Confusion September 24, 2010Posted by Jeff Fuchs in lean.
Component shortages faced by Apple, and the production problems Toyota encountered, are blamed on lean methods; yet, at the other end of the spectrum, IndustryWeek’s Best Plants competition notes that 90% of finalists and winners have reaped great rewards through using lean. While some extol lean, others condemn it. Why the discrepancy and the confusion? Jill Jusko’s IndustryWeek article seeks to find out why. One of the reasons is because everyone has their own idea of what lean is because the definition is relatively subjective. Another is unreliable data about who is doing lean -and by what terms those companies and organizations define lean.
Check out the IndustryWeek article here.