May 10 2018
“At its core, lean is not about takt time, throughput, push, pull, A3s, or even Kaizen. These are the tools or byproducts of thoughtful management. Lean, at its heart, is about thoughtful management of the business, of the teams, and of ourselves.”
Sourced from The Lean Post
Michel Baudin‘s comments:
According to this author, any company with “thoughtful management” is lean. He must, therefore, conclude that Alphabet/Google is lean today, and that so were HP under Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in the 1960s and GM under Alfred P. Sloan in the 1920s. Sloan, Hewlett, and Packard all were thoughtful managers who conceived and implemented systems that were regarded as models for decades but I have never heard it claimed that they made Google, HP, or GM “lean.” Taken this broadly, the term loses all meaning.