The Path To Lean & Steps Along The Way
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The Path to Lean & Steps Along the Way

I've heard Lean referred to as a “journey” more times than I can count. It sounds very cheesy, and I wouldn't blame you for think it’s pretentious. But heck, everything in life is a journey. It’s all about time, space, and objectives right? (Whoa! Far out, man!). Okay that was rather pretentious too. If you’re going to think of implementing Lean as going on a journey, you’ll need to make some marks on your map. “But it’s about the journey, not the destination.” Okay, Mr. Pithy Motivational Quote. It is. But you need destinations in order to have a journey in the first place.

The Gemba

Stop number one should come as no surprise. If it did come as a surprise, please go back to Lean 101. Going to the gemba means going to the place where the work is actually performed. “Gemba” literally means, “actual-place.” This is where the actual improvement will be conducted. If you don’t go to the gemba, you will not know what to improve or how to improve it. If you try to make changes without seeing things first-hand, you will just look like a know-it-all, and you probably won’t know much.

Lean Conferences

Ew, gross. You mean I have to talk to people? Yep, that’s right. Networking might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we all have to do it. If you don’t learn from other people’s experiences, you might find yourself trying to reinvent the wheel, or at least trying to reinvent the Toyota Production System. Conferences are also a great place to attend seminars and workshops. You should always be learning. No matter how much of a Lean guru you become, always remain a Lean Socrates and know only that you know nothing (Whoa! Nice deepity!).

Japan

That’s right. Japan. Go to Japan. Too far away, you say? I thought it was “about the journey.” This is where Lean practices began, and try as you might, you can’t separate them completely from Japanese culture. If it’s your goal to prove otherwise, you’d have to go to Japan anyway. Don’t speak Japanese? No problem, there are a number of companies that provide translators along with Lean Japan Tour packages, where you can visit Japan’s top Lean companies. Of course, no Lean Japan Tour is complete without some cultural exploration. Get ready for great food, tea ceremonies, and karaoke (pronounced kah-rah-okay, FYI). Don’t get too distracted though, and if you’re an otaku, stay out of Akihabara at all costs (you’ll never get out).


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"Lean" does seem to be a popular destination as well as a journey:-) Thanks!

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Thanks for your feedback dear Cynthia Ann Leighton :)

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