Lean Definition

Short Answer: Lean is the fervent elimination of waste.

Long Answer: Lean is a leadership approach AND a management philosophy AND a set of tactical methods that, as a complete system, creates and sustains:

  • Decreasing waste, cost and cycle time
  • Increasing capacity potential
  • Increasing quality
  • Low absenteeism / voluntary turnover
  • Extensive measurement of key processes
  • High levels of worker involvement, ownership and commitment
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