An approach to management that focuses on cutting out waste, whilst ensuring quality. This approach can be applied to all aspects of a business—from design, through production to distribution.

In a Nutshell

Not quite Kurzegasgt though

  • Doing the simple things well
  • Doing things better
  • Involving employees in the continuous process of improvement
  • …and as a result, avoiding waste and therefore reducing costs

Effective lean management

Requirements to be effective

  • Good relations with suppliers
  • Committed, skilled and motivated employees
  • A culture of quality assurance; continuous improvement & willingness to embrace change
  • Trust between management and employees

Various methods of lean production

  • Time based management
  • Simultaneous engineering
  • Just in time production (JIT)
  • Cell production