The basic principles of lean--waste reduction, customer centricity and flow optimization--are fairly simple in theory. But when it comes to putting lean principles into practice, even the most well-intentioned manufacturers can run up against some roadblocks.
"Lean is about simplification, but the journey is complex," says Jamie Flinchbaugh, founder and partner of the Lean Learning Center in Novi, Mich. "Change management is complex. Changing a culture is complex."
That's why many manufacturing firms begin their lean journey by seeking the counsel of a consultant.
Source: Industry Week
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