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    What is lean?

    Lean is both a philosophy and discipline which focuses primarily on continuous improvement in process of providing value to customer. Before it was known as a business methodology it was more known in manufacturing world introduced by research team of Toyota deriving maximum possible value for end customer while reducing the waste of resources involved. The organized way of lean derive maximum customer value by:

    -  Eliminate waste(also known as Muda)
    -  Eliminate waste due to overburden/workload is too high(also known as Muri)

    The continuous improvement(CI) is achieved with thorough examination of existing processes and a continuous search in process steps which are not adding any value to end customer. The people part is equally very important since process and people are intertwined and nothing concrete will come out from end customer perspective unless both work in absolute tandem continuously. Hence collaborative efforts to remove waste continuously is key to overall performance improvement. It aims for paradigm shift in overall organizational culture.

    There are 8 types of wastes:
    • Defects
    • Over-Production
    • Waiting
    • Non-Utilized Talent
    • Transportation
    • Inventory
    • Motion
    • Extra-Processing

    In world of softwares more than 50% of functionality are rarely or never used. On an average 45% of projects exceed budget, 7% runs over schedule and 56% delivers less value than expected.60%–90% of ideas do not improve the metric they were intended to improve. Imbibing lean principles with conscious efforts lead to value creation with a committed and self motivated teams.

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