When to apply IT to lean improvements
Are Lean and IT friends or foes? Is that really the right question? Instead, ask when should we introduce technology. In the following graphic, which is related to the use of kanban with suppliers, each phase of the learning/implementation used technology differently. Technology was applied only where it could aid in quality or waste reduction. At the end, technology helped with data analysis. (Source: Jean Cunningham, Jean Cunningham Consulting.)
Read a Q&A with Jean about how lean thinking affects your information technology needs.
Profit and Cost At Toyota
Fresh off a tour of Japan where she observed how Toyota talks about costs and profit on the shop floor, LEI Chairperson Jean Cunningham shares thoughts and urges others to learn the language of financial outcomes. "Let’s learn the language of financial outcomes. Let’s conserve energy and benefit from the environmental improvements that lean offers by reducing waste of all kinds."
Cost Saving is Tired--Value Creation is Hot!
Lean affects financial outcomes--dramatically so in firms that incorporate widespread lean thinking over the long term, says LEI Chair Jean Cunningham. And yet she counsels you not to fixate on cost reduction or product cost. Look instead at the real numbers.
Not So Simple: Pioneering Lean Product Development
Jean Cunningham, LEI’s executive chair, offers lessons from her time as CFO of lean management pioneer Lantech when it successfully deployed lean principles to product development to accelerate growth, cut new product lead time, and increase profits.