Lean Thinking: Create Value and Banish Waste
Lean Thinking: it means creating value by avoiding waste. This may sound like a snappy slogan without any real meaning, but on the other hand it represents a new way of thinking any organization, a complete rethinking of the entire value-creation stream, from initial product design to orders management in order to increase flexibility.
Lean Thinking is the result of several academic researches in reorganization processes of a large number of American, European and Japanese corporations. It consists of a gradual process aiming at eliminating any waste coming out from the traditional production processes.
The basic principles behind the Lean Thinking concept are not entirely new, the core concept can be considered as a development and improvement of earlier organizational models (i.e. Total Quality, Process re-engineering, etc.) in terms of systematic and integrated approach.
In particular, the term “lean” stresses the idea of eliminating waste, defined as everything that does not create value for the customer; the term “thinking” refers to a “revolution in thinking”, that is a new cultural approach, open to change and leading to continuous improvement.