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Change: Apply LEAN to embed continual improvement

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Install LEAN for a continuous improvement engine. The five steps of the LEAN process are:

  1. Defining customer value;
  2. Defining the value stream;
  3. Making it flow;
  4. Pulling from the customer back; and
  5. Striving for excellence.

LEAN focuses on implementing the high-level principles of long-term thinking, eliminating waste from work processes, respecting people and partners and con-tinuously learning and improving.


[edit] Related Best Practices

[edit] Resources

  • Triumph of the Lean Production System, John Krafcik, article (1988)
  • The Toyota Way, Jeffrey K. Liker, McGraw-Hill (2004)
  • Lean Thinking, James Womack and Daniel Jones, Free Press; 2nd edition edition (2003)
  • Lean manufacturing page on Wikipedia
  • The Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. (LEI), founded by James P. Womack in 1997, is a nonprofit education, publishing, research, and conference organization with many resources on Lean.

[edit] Author

The author of this page is Terry Gardiner

Terry Gardiner is the founder and President of Silver Lining Seafoods and NorQuest Seafoods - a medium size Alaska seafood processing companies; and currently Board member of the Anvil Corporation, an employee owned company specializing in oil and gas engineering.

His co-operative experiences include member director of the Commercial Fishermen Co-operative association; creation of legislation for the Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank; and advisor to the US Dept of Health and Social Services for the state Health CO-OPs.

Terry served ten years as a member of the Alaska House of Representatives -several legislative committee chairmanships, Speaker of the House, Chairman of the Alaska Criminal Code Commission and board member on various state and federal boards and commissions.

His non-profit experiences include National Policy Director for the Small Business Majority in Washington DC; working with the Herndon Alliance and ForTerra.

Terry authored the leadership book, "Six-Word Lessons to Build Effective Leaders: 100 Lessons to Equip Your People to Create Winning Organizations".



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