Lean Daily Management System ®

Engage and empower your people to drive their own improvement results

Accelerating performance for clients worldwide: Fast Action | Fast Impact | Enduring Confidence

The Lean Daily Management System is Kaufman Global’s trademark methodology for workgroup performance.

Our fundamental belief is that Lean is a people system.

We created LDMS in the 90s to address a gap we saw between waste elimination tools and how to meaningfully connect people to their work. We wanted to compel the overall objective of Lean — maximizing customer value by minimizing waste — by enabling those at the very front lines to understand, control and improve their work every day.

Lean Daily Management System by Kaufman Global

LDMS: A daily meeting at a primary visual display with metrics the work group can influence and control.

The constructs of LDMS are specific. They describe observable activities and behaviors, which drives accountability and process ownership downward. Core components include:

  • Daily work group meeting (huddle)
  • Primary Visual Display Board
  • 20 Keys action plan
  • Kaizen Action Sheet improvement system
  • Metrics
  • Short interval coaching

The Lean Daily Management System is described by our clients as the critical success factor for sustainable operational excellence!

LDMS is an implementation, not an installation. Even though they may want it, for many employees, greater autonomy and real accountability are foreign concepts. Our five week implementation sequence not only rolls out the components of LDMS to teams in a manageable way, we coach, teach and demonstrate best practices to ease the transition and ensure a solid foundation is in place to build on.

Start your LDMS teams off right – or, if you’ve already started and you aren’t getting the expected results, we can help course correct. We offer:

  • Deep, real-world experience
  • World-class coaching and training at all levels
  • A rich array of intellectual property and teaching materials
  • Certification programs. Train-the trainer is recommended


Want to learn more? See our blog post: “Using Structure to Engage Employees and Optimize Value” or, download our  Implementing Lean Manufacturing White Paper for more detailed descriptions of our methodology.

Lean Daily Management System

Who’s Doing It (just to name a few)

  • Oregon State Hospital
  • BD
  • Goodyear
  • Owens Corning
  • Sutter Healthcare
  • IR
  • Nabors

Typical Results

  • 10-20% rise in work group productivity
  • Improved employee engagement scores
  • Daily progress toward improvement goals
  • Proactive problem solving
  • Increased morale and employee retention
LDMS has a 5-week roll-out sequence. Coaching teams through the gradual adoption and integration of the components allows for soak time, modifications and a reasonable rate of change. Reach out if you’d like to learn more about how do this!