WHAT IS LEAN?

Understanding Lean is understanding the work we do here at Clarity...

There are many definitions from thousands of experts all over the world and from countless different industries. The definition that we like is simply:

“Lean describes a system that produces what the customer wants, when they want it, with minimum waste, doing only that which adds value for the customer.”

WHAT IS LEAN?

Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement (CI) or Kaizen is the never-ending effort to expose and eliminate the root cause of a problem; small-step improvement as opposed to big-step or radical improvements.
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Identify

Opportunities in the process workflow
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Plan

How can the current process be improved?
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Execute

Implement changes
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Review

How are changes working for the team?
WHAT IS LEAN?

Visual Management

Visual management in Lean is both a tool and a concept. The ideal state is that all employees, operators and managers should be able to manage every aspect of the process at a glance, using visual data, signals and guides. Visual management can address both visual display and control. Visual displays present information, whilst visual control focuses on a need to act. Information needs to address items such as schedules, standard work, and quality and maintenance requirements. Visual control can address whether a production line is running according to plan; it can highlight problems.

Visual management is our heartland here at Clarity; we exist to take our customers on the journey of Lean and are relied upon by some of the world’s biggest brands to facilitate their Lean Visual Management programme. Effective visual management needs a lot of forethought to identify the areas where it will make the most impact.

OUR PROGRAMMES

The objectives of visual management can include

  • Seeing the current situation
  • Seeing the whole process of work
  • Seeing the overall production versus where you should be
  • See if / where there are abnormalities
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WHAT IS LEAN?

Staff Engagement

The ultimate goal of Lean visual management is staff engagement.

This means that workers use and understand what’s being measured or displayed and feel empowered to contribute to improving the KPIs. There are a variety of ways that we can help your business secure greater employee engagement with our visual management solutions:

Firstly is through the open sharing of information. It’s vital that every worker is in touch with what’s being measured and what success looks like – a collective approach to expectation means that everyone knows the direction and can head there. This is a big challenge, especially in large organisations where people are often siloed in their roles – it can be difficult to get everyone pointing in the same direction. At Clarity, we have worked with countless organisations looking to improve their collective sharing through visual management.

Secondly is through empowering employees and creating a culture of learning and continuous improvement. This is easier said than done, changing the culture of an organisation is difficult and takes time but, it’s proven that businesses that have greater numbers of knowledgeable workers excel and grow much faster than businesses that do not. Employee involvement in processes and KPI’s is essential to creating a collaborative atmosphere. Visual management that clearly communicates this information makes all the difference and can make your empowerment engagement excel!

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