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Lean - A Primer

A Brief Primer on LEAN © 2014, Adam S. Keck Based on: Chasing The Rabbit by Steven Spear Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production by Taiichi Ohno Understanding A3 Thinking: A Critical Component of Toyota's PDCA Management System by Durward K. Sobek II and Art Smalley Four Capabilities of Accelerating organizations Specify precise approach to every task with built-in tests to detect failure and stop on error. Swarm to solve problems – immediate RCA. Share new knowledge throughout organization. Leaders lead by developing above capabilities in every single employee. Work Flow and System Design LEAN is a framework for successfully designing complex systems and work flows. A system is a collection of related work flows. A company can be viewed as a single complex system that  provides value to customers in return for money. LEAN is a way of working: Every employee uses LEAN work flow every day to both follow and improve the processes for which