Has your parent company had “The Talk” with you? You know that sometimes awkward talk about Lean Manufacturing principles. Awkward because parent companies themselves have tainted and wasteful pasts and probably isn’t really practicing safe Lean even today.
Most companies from my experience fall in three categories.
1. Have “The Talk” continually but never relinquish the reigns of control to implement the teachings.
2. Have “The Talk” because it’s a good marketing bullet point plus they don’t want employees learning it on the street.
3. Have “The Talk” serious about implementation relinquished enough control for rank and file to operate only to have a disease flares up and stall progress.
THE LEAN TALK
Lean Manufacturing is simply a continuous improvement activity that seeks to remove all waste from the process. Lean solutions are common sense practices that should be woven into the moral fabric of your organization. Most larger organizations talk and train on this relentlessly. However culture change is difficult when it’s not organic.
CHOOSING A PATH FORWARD
Like most things corporate or governmental it (The Lean Talk) has to be named packaged and delivered in a sterile regimented and cookie cutter fashion normally delivered from an outsider. Implementation is oftentimes overly complicated with little room for variation. Without ability for each product to choose its own path or solution the parent oftentimes sets up an arranged solution. Continue reading