What is Lean?
Lean is a way to reduce waste and variation in our processes in order to increase value added work. The term was originally coined as “Lean Thinking” by James Womak and Paul Jones (1996/2003). Lean is really about the problem solving and innovation capabilities in organizations to increase efficiencies, eliminate waste and improve the value to our clients. Studies have shown that, in a typical organization, only a small fraction of total time and effort actually adds value for the end customer. Who are our clients? Our clients are the students that we serve and the employers and industries who hire them.
When Fleming takes a Lean Thinking approach we seek to look at how our processes and each step within our processes bring value to our clients and to eliminate processes that do not add value. This is done through 1) identifying value through the eyes of our customers; 2) mapping the process flow of value; 3) eliminating waste by creating flow or customer pull (what do they demand?), and then 4) perfecting through continuous improvement. The key tool for mapping the flow of work is the value stream mapping process and implementation is achieved through rapid improvement events called Kaizens. By adopting Lean principles, inefficient processes will be eliminated and more time will be spent on strengthening strategic work and supporting innovation in how Fleming delivers programs and services to its students. This approach leads to more satisfying work for everyone!
1. Lean Project Framework – workflow
Lean Steering Committee
- Agenda Meeting May 2015
- Agenda Meeting September 2015
- Meeting Minutes – March 6, 2015
- Meeting Minutes – September 25, 2015
- Lean Projects – Overview & Observations – July 2016 – New
- December 22 , 2014
- March 24, 2014
- October 15, 2013
- April 29, 2013
- February 12, 2013
- December 5, 2012
- October 19 2012