Executive Briefings

The 'Lean' Journey Is 'Fragile' But Highly 'Necessary'

This year, Vermeer Corp. is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its lean journey, a remarkable milestone given one of the words President and CEO Mary Andringa uses to describe the continuous-improvement methodology. "Fragile" is the word.

"It really is. It's a fragile process and a lot of companies talk about lean, they talk about continuous improvement, and they really don't do it very well," says Andringa. "It's not on automatic pilot. It is not something that you turn on and then it's just forever."

You might conclude, then, that introducing lean may not be worth the effort it evidently requires - until you hear another word Andringa uses to describe lean: necessary.

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Keywords: supply chain management, supply chain planning, value chain, supply chain

"It really is. It's a fragile process and a lot of companies talk about lean, they talk about continuous improvement, and they really don't do it very well," says Andringa. "It's not on automatic pilot. It is not something that you turn on and then it's just forever."

You might conclude, then, that introducing lean may not be worth the effort it evidently requires - until you hear another word Andringa uses to describe lean: necessary.

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Keywords: supply chain management, supply chain planning, value chain, supply chain