"Every great journey begins with a single step" Lao Tzu
Developing a culture of Continuous Improvement starts with you. While the benefits of Lean Management to operations, quality, efficiency, animal welfare and cost are extraordinary, the commitment required by leadership must be rock-solid. Today, the resources available in the Biomedical research community are many. No matter where you are in your journey, members of the VOE-Network are willing and able to help every step of the way.
The phrase "Lean Management" was coined by MIT Researchers who visited Toyota in Japan extensively to understand how they were able to improve their quality and productivity at a pace that American manufacturing could not replicate. Otherwise known as the Toyota Production System (TPS), Quality Circles, Continuous Improvement (CI), Lean Six Sigma (LSS) and other models, they are all rooted in the work of W. Edwards Deming, a humble yet insightful American statistician.
While some believed Japan's rapid trajectory to dominate product quality was a "Japanes cultural phenomenon", however, this 3-part video (28 minutes total) dispells those and other myths and misconceptions. This video seriese is a great historical introduction to Lean Management for managers and front-line staff alike. The astute viewer will recognize that Deming, the Toyota Production System and therefor, Lean management are all about respecting "People" first.
A facilitator tool that can be used to stimulate discussion between the video segments is available below.