Lean manufacturing techniques are not just good for the shop floor.
There are a ton of benefits to utilizing them in the office, too!
It's not always easy, but it's worth it.
Difficulties switching to lean principles in the office
If you are finding it difficult to make this switch you can be assured that you are not the only one.
There are definitely some things that can get lost in translation.
Industry Week said, "Most lean literature addresses lean as if it's just about enabling repeatable outputs from a given process. But all that stuff about takt time and kanban doesn't translate easily, does it?"
Actually, it can! It just takes some guidance, teamwork, and discipline.
Promoting teamwork and understanding
When utilized correctly, lean manufacturing principles can really help boost productivity in the office!
One reason is that it could create a sense of universal understanding. If the techniques are used and understood in the office that carries over to understanding how the manufacturing floor operates. If the whole company understands lean manufacturing then everyone is on the same page.
Industry Week laid out how to navigate this process without even mentioning the shop talk. In their article they said, "Notice that there’s no mention of kanban, takt time, batch size or any of the other lean jargon from the shop floor. And that’s because lean is and was always about creating smooth, predictable flow of information and materials through a process."
Take some time to figure out if this strategy is right for you!
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