AASP: Lean Thinking
Presenter: Dr. Shannon Flumerfelt
*Shannon teaches lean thinking in higher ed administration at the Pawley Institute at Oakland University. Their website has resources for lean thinking.
*Lean thinking = sustaining improvement.
*Collective understanding is key to lean.
*"Lean is about respect for the individual."
*"Create mind maps to find the heart of the matter."
*"Lean" coined in 1988 based on a 5 year MIT study of 37 automotive plants in 17 countries.
*Continuous improvement cycle -- plan, do, check, act (revise plan).
*History of lean started in 1850 with the creation of interchangeable parts, the decline of craft production, and the rise of mass production. This reached its apex with Toyota.
*Use visual management tools (one sheet of paper) to tell the story.
*Create value, eliminate waste. Value is defined by customer/stakeholder.
*Waste causes slower production, decreases efficiency, and consumes resources without creating value.
*Lean = produce only what the customer needs (pull vs. push).