Traditional thinking vs Lean thinking

Traditional Thinking vs Lean Thinking


➤ Difference 1 - Traditional thinking vs Lean thinking:

⟹ Traditional Thinking: Production is driven by a sales forecast (Push system).
⟹ Lean Thinking: Production is driven by customer demand; items are only produced when an order is placed (Pull system).

➤ Difference 2 - Traditional thinking vs Lean thinking:

⟹ Traditional Thinking: Problems are viewed as just that, problems.
⟹ Lean Thinking: Problems are viewed as opportunities for improvement often through
               root cause analysis.

➤ Difference 3 - Traditional thinking vs Lean thinking:

⟹ Traditional Thinking: Work in process (WIP) is viewed as a normal part of operations.
⟹ Lean Thinking: WIP is a sign that a process needs to improve and is considered a type of waste that should be reduced or eliminated (the same is true for inventory).

➤ Difference 4 - Traditional thinking vs Lean thinking:

⟹ Traditional Thinking: Improve system (disregarding all of the types of waste in the process).
⟹ Lean Thinking: Improve system by 1) Eliminating waste and 2) Improving current processes.

➤ Difference 5 - Traditional thinking vs Lean thinking:

⟹ Traditional Thinking: Management is the primary driver of change.
⟹ Lean Thinking: Everyone is empowered, trained in the principles of lean and encouraged to look for ways to improve processes.

➤ Difference 6 - Traditional thinking vs Lean thinking:

⟹ Traditional Thinking: If a process is working don't fix it.
⟹ Lean Thinking: Always look for ways to improve processes.

➤ Difference 7 - Traditional thinking vs Lean thinking:

⟹ Traditional Thinking: Standardized work (people performing the same task in the same way) only exists in documents like SOPs, rarely in reality.
⟹ Lean Thinking: Everyone performs the same task the exact same way until a better way is discovered; then everyone performs the task the new and improved way. 

➤ Difference 8 - Traditional thinking vs Lean thinking:

⟹ Traditional Thinking: Focuses on training and relies on people to not make mistakes.
⟹ Lean Thinking: Focuses on building processes that are error proofed (so that a person cannot make a mistake or it would be difficult to do so).

➤ Difference 9 - Traditional thinking vs Lean thinking:

⟹ Traditional Thinking: Systems thinking (views the organization as a whole), often ignoring or unable to see the enormous opportunities for improvement. 
⟹ Lean Thinking: Views the organization as a series of interrelated processes that can and should be improved

➤ Traditional thinking vs Lean thinking

Traditional thinking vs Lean thinking


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See Also: Lean Manufacturing
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➨ Traditional thinking Vs Lean thinking? - Lean Manufacturing
➨ Kaizen (Continous Improvement) - A Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Tool
➨ The 8 Wastes in Lean Manufacturing - Lean Manufacturing
➨ PDCA Cycle - A Lean Manufacturing Tool