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What is Lean? – Part 2: The “How”

What is Lean? – Part 2: The “How”

Now that we have covered the “what” of Lean, I will begin to flesh out the “how”. But as we go through this exercise we must keep the “what” that was outlined in the last post firmly in our mind: Thus the underlying principle behind TPS/Lean is the systemic creation of the shortest possible lead time for the continuous flow of materials and information in order to generate the highest quality and lowest cost. Many think that the “how” is…

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What is Lean? – Part 1: The “What”

What is Lean? – Part 1: The “What”

“Lean” was a term first used to describe the Toyota Production System (TPS) by John F. Krafcik of the MIT International Motor Vehicle Program back in 1988. He used this term in his Sloan Management Review paper “Triumph of the Lean Production System” which can be found here. But the term did not gain general acceptance at that time and the TPS philosophy continued to spread, slowly but very successfully, under the guise of “Just in Time” (JIT) and TPS….

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