What is the difference between
Lean and Lean Design?
Lean is a culture. More specifically, Lean is a culture of continuous improvement where everybody contributes to the improvement of processes and value streams. We cannot emphasize this enough: EVERYBODY should be involved in Lean, not just the green belts, black belts, and super-duper-my-belt-is-nicer-than-yours belts. EVERYBODY. Imagine a future where all staff members (1000? 2000? Over 10,000 for some of you?) make one suggestion per month and it is implemented. Can you imagine the power of that? No performance excellence department alone could ever do that. Not even with a staff of 100 consultants. The more you do continuous improvement, the more it becomes a part of your company culture.
The philosophy of continuous improvement is prevalent in Lean Design. The difference is that Lean Design takes it a step further, using that same Lean philosophy in order to take action. Lean Design is a step-by-step methodology that you can follow in order to improve a physical space. That physical space could be a factory or a hospital. It goes without saying that the goals and therefore the steps for these spaces are different. However, the underlying philosophy is the same:
At Leonardo Group Americas, our Lean Design methodology is based on the scientific method and rooted in Lean Industrial Engineering. The steps have been proven over many successful implementations world-wide, over many decades.
Staff development is also a critical aspect of the Lean Design process, as only an engaged staff can propel your Lean efforts towards perfection. Without an engaged staff, improvements will not be sustained. Let's be clear: our goal is not to make you consulting junkies! We offer a wide variety of training options so that you can master the Lean Design methodology for yourself.
Our Lean Design programs are separated into two distinct groups: