Lean is in! If there's anything that has stood the test of time, it’s the principles of Lean that date back to the earliest days of industrialization, but are most often attributed to Toyota and the creation of the Toyota Production system starting in the late 1950s.
Many of the individual principles of Lean can be traced back to 19th century advances in mass production, Henry Ford’s automobile factories and the US Government’s Training Within Industry initiative during WWII. However, it was Toyota that combined many principles and took them to the next level by focusing Lean on people and culture, not just tools and techniques. By the late 1980s, it became known as Lean Manufacturing and by the late 1990s, it was simply Lean because of the emerging application of these same principles to non-manufacturers.
Fifty years later, the concept of Lean has been adopted across nearly every business discipline (accounting, IT, sales, marketing, customer service, supply chain management, etc.), all types of businesses (manufacturers, hospitals, web-services, the hospitality industry and even hedge funds) and just about every methodical approach to business creation, operation and improvement.
An improvement philosophy that empowers employees, Lean focuses on providing exactly what the customer wants, with the least amount of waste.
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