Lean implementation is the process of putting lean principles into action in order to achieve organisational goals. Many organisations struggle with how to put lean principles into action, but luckily, there are many resources available to help. The first step in implementing lean is to create a plan. This plan should include the goals of the organisation, the steps required to achieve.

Without a clear goal in mind, it will be difficult to measure your success or determine if you are making progress.

  • What you want to achieve?
  • What are your goals and objectives?
  • What are the specific improvements you hope to see in your business?

Step 1: Specify what Value

Define value from the perspective of your customer. Express value in terms of a specific product, which meets the customer’s needs at a specific price and at a specific time. you want to achieve

Step 2:  Understand the Value Stream

The second step is to understand the value stream. This means understanding how the work flows through your organisation and how the various steps create value for the customer. You need to identify all of the steps in the process, as well as the time and resources required for each step. The key here is to look to eliminate waste. This means looking for ways to reduce the time and resources required for each step in the process, while still meeting the needs of the customer.

Step 3: Create Flow

The third step is to create flow in the process. Eliminate functional barriers like departmental silos and develop a product-focussed organisation that dramatically improves lead-time.

Step 4: Pull

Let the customer pull products as needed, eliminating the need for a sales forecast.

Step 5: Perfection

The fifth step is to standardise and sustain the improvements you have made. This means making sure that the changes you have made are standardised and followed throughout the organisation. It also means continuing to look for ways to improve the process and eliminating waste. There is no end to the process of reducing effort, time, space, cost, and mistakes. Return to the first step and begin the next lean transformation, offering a product which is ever more nearly what the customer wants.