Why Lean Practitioners need Benchmarks
When it comes to methodologies for building customer-driven efficiencies, Lean Manufacturing is at the top of the heap. Benchmarking lean initiatives can be a challenge right now as you probably already know.
Lean manufacturing is a production method derived from Toyota’s 1930 operating model. You might know it as The Toyota Production System. In 1988, John Krafcik coined the term “Lean”. In the article, “Triumph of the Lean Production System“, he outlined what Lean is and that definition which is still used today. James Womack and Daniel Jones further defined the approach in 1996 to consist of five key principles:
- Precisely specify value by specific product,
- identify the value stream for each product,
- make value flow without interruptions,
- let customer pull value from the producer,
- and pursue perfection.
Thousands of companies the world over have implemented Lean initiatives.
One of the challenges with Lean is the lack of best practices research.
While consultants exist with databases to compare the performance of companies that use Lean from one another, there is not a free resource for Lean practitioners to read about what’s working and what’s not in companies of all sizes and industries. As you can imagine, that is a huge gap for many looking for resources to help them.
This year, the 5S Store plans to solve that problem. To do that, we’ve commissioned a State of Lean Manufacturing study. Currently, we are currently collecting survey respondents. If you’re a Lean practitioner, we invite you to take this survey. Later this year, to say thank you for sharing your valuable time, you’ll be among the first to receive the valuable research report that results from the data.
You can access the survey here. As it is a comprehensive study, you should expect to spend about 15 minutes of your time on it. Individual responses are confidential. The aggregated data will be useful to us all. Thank you in advance for your participation and contribution towards giving us all valuable information to help us improve.