Lean Production System
Lean production, also known as the Toyota Production System, means doing more with less-less time, less space, less human effort, less machinery, less materials-while giving customers what they want. Two important books popularized the term “Lean”:
◾ The Machine That Changed the World, by James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos and published by Simon & Schuster in 1990
◾ Lean Thinking, by James Womack and Daniel Jones, published by Simon & Schuster in 1996
Although Lean principles are rooted in manufacturing, I have found that they apply universally. Our challenge is to translate, tailor, and apply them to our particular situation.