Strategos Lean Briefing

The Newsletter of Lean Manufacturing Strategy
Drop Down Menu

20 December 2003       www.strategosinc.com

Implementing Lean Manufacturing II

Strategy , Tactics and Action Plans

"We are convinced that there are no rules of any kind for strategic maneuvering"

--Carl von Clauswitz    

 

Articles

Lean Implementation Series

Lean Manufacturing Leadership

 

 

Seminars

Planning, Leading, and Managing The Lean Journey

Download

Lean Assessment

Today, we continue with Lean Manufacturing Implementation. Previously, we examined key issues and suggested a "mental model" to guide our thoughts.

Manufacturing Strategy is about developing a manufacturing system of people, equipment and infrastructure. The system must support marketing strategy, downplay weaknesses, build on strengths and take advantage of competitors' weakness. This is, truly, a complex thing; more art than science.

A Lean Manufacturing Strategy starts with the tools and techniques developed originally at Toyota. But this is just a starting point. There is no cookbook that works for every manufacturer.

There are at least 24 elements, tools and techniques associated with Lean Manufacturing. Do you really need them all? If not, which are most important and/or urgent? This is where we move from "list thinking" to strategy. our Lean Strategy page tells how.

From ideas, policies and general direction action plans emerge. Our page on Action Planning shows how develop viable, executable plans. It has hints, how-to's, guidance for execution and an example. The entire implementation series is also available as a free, printer-friendly PDF file.

I hope that these thoughts are helpful. Best wishes for the holidays and the new year.

Quarterman Lee

q@strategosinc.com

You may forward this Lean Briefing to colleagues or use it in your publication. We only ask that you do so in its entirety.


Lean Briefing Archive Issues

Drop Down Menu

Strategos, Inc.

 3916 Wyandotte - Kansas City MO 64111

 816-931-1414 - www.strategosinc.com


The Strategos Guide To Value Stream and Process Mapping goes  beyond symbols and arrows. In over 163 pages it tells the reader not only how to do it but what to do with it.

 

Lean Briefing is only sent to those who subscribe or those who download from the Strategos website.

Books & Videos

Guide to Cycle Counting

Warehouse Planning Guide

Human Side of Lean Video