It is always amazing to me how many problems we can solve with basic Lean tools, such as:
- Value, Flow, Pull
- Ideal State
- Standard (7 or 8) Wastes
- Theory of Constraints
First understand the purpose of the process, “Value”. Then envision the magical perfect world, where it happens instantaneously and perfectly, “Ideal State”. Then envision what is keeping it from flowing that easily, “Flow”, by thinking about standard wastes and the constraint. Then think about how the value is pulled by the customer of the process, “Pull”.
You’ll have an instant list of projects to work on!
And when you get those done, you can do it again. It is a never-ending journey.
Breakthrough improvement is just too easy sometimes!