Real Lean Transformation

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What Carpenters can teach Lean Practitioners

A carpenter, attempting to frame a house, needs to attach different pieces of wood to each other. This carpenter has a fabulous hammer, and has used this hammer in the past, with nails, to complete this type of work. The hammer is weighted perfectly and with nominal effort can drive nails into wood with only a few strikes. The purpose or principle of the hammer is to join wood together by forcing a narrow wedge into multiple pieces of wood, thereby affixing the pieces to each other.

Lean Thinking for Laboratories

While it might sound like some sort of fad diet, “lean” in the context of business improvement refers to a specific methodology that originated in the Japanese motor industry toward the end of the 1980s. Over the decades, this lean philosophy has been successfully adopted by many companies across a broad spectrum of industries and, more recently, lean thinking has filtered into laboratories. The focus of a lean laboratory is to test samples in the most efficient way possible in terms of cost, or speed, or both. Although most of the key principles of lean apply in labs, the specific challenges facing laboratories require significant adaptation of standard lean tools. 

Lean Organisation for Lean Programmes

You’re a site leader three months into your Lean Programme and on the face of it things are going well but you’ve got doubts that the organisation structure is supporting your lean journey in the way you’d want.

Waste in Laboratories

Laboratories are not the same as manufacturing environments so do the standard Lean ‘Wastes’ even apply in Labs?