Organizations looking to implement the Lean methodology or some of its tools obviously pursue objectives related to improving the performance of their processes. In this search, many organizations have failed to achieve significant results. For this reason, it is very important to consider that Lean Manufacturing is a philosophy that requires organizational commitment and that requires a cultural adaptation. Through Lean Manufacturing’s implementation process expertise, experts have considered that there are three key principles for proper implementation of Lean activities:
- Lean Manufacturing is a strategic project: In such a way that it must be included in the organizational strategic plan and related to the company’s competitive priorities.
- The organizational structure must be adapted to the Lean methodology: in such a way that there are more concurrent processes and less “communication on the wall”, that is, that functional structures must migrate to collaborative structures.
- Lean Manufacturing is a commitment of all: Implementation of the strategy will be gradual but must be integrated at all levels of the organization. The biggest change in the company must be of a culture type, improvement must become a habit of all.
Phases of a Lean Manufacturing project