What’s Holding Back Lean?

What’s Holding Back Lean? [the broken link was removed] by Lauren Gibbons Paul (via Got Boondoggle – another new Lean blog):

2. A short-sighted focus on cost reduction

Responding to profit imperatives, many companies are concentrating only on reducing costs rather than looking to lean as a source of greater efficiencies

3. Emphasis on imagery rather than real work

Compared to their Japanese peers, U.S. management is too focused on the trappings of a lean initiative, such as slogans, launch parties and classes, rather than rolling up their sleeves and figuring out how to improve actual processes, says Womack.

After reading the articles take a new look at Deming’s 14 Obligations of Management. There is quite a bit of similarity.

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