Nemawashi in the Lean Lexicon ©


The process of gaining acceptance and preapproval for a proposal by evaluating first the idea and then the plan with management and stakeholders to get input, anticipate resistance, and align the proposed change with other perspectives and priorities in the organization.

Formal approval comes in a meeting to sign off on the final version of the proposal. The term literally means “preparing the ground for planting” in Japanese.

From the Lean Lexicon 5th Edition
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