Monthly Archives: September 2015

The LEAN loop

So in the previous post I introduced a LEAN improvement cycle (in some places called the improvement “kata”). It goes something like this:

  • Identifying a vision
  • Determining where we are now
  • Establishing where we want to be next
  • Recognising obstacles between now and next
  • Problem solving to overcome the obstacles

So lets look at how this might work. Let us use a health example, lets say you have a vision of running a marathon.

Applying LEAN principles to personal development

Quick Background to LEAN

“LEAN” is an idea originally born from manufacturing, specifically Japanese car manufacturing, Toyota to be precise. The “Toyota Production System” (TPS) is a system, not in the mechanical sense of the word, more as an intricate blend of man and machine, each working to their strengths.