Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answers to a variety of continuous improvement questions that we are commonly asked.
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Can a single department implement Lean on its own?
In this FAQ about continuous improvement, I look at whether a single department can effectively implement a Lean program on its own, if the company is not doing the same.
Should we use a Lean consultant?
In this FAQ, I address the question of whether or not there is value in using a Lean consultant.
Do We Need A Consultant to Become Lean?
Does Lean Lead to Layoffs?
In this video FAQ, I discuss how Lean and layoffs go together. Hint: They don't.
How do I sell Lean to my team?
A Lean transformation can take some convincing. Learn a few keys to doing that in this short FAQ.
How long does it take to become Lean?
In this video FAQ, I answer the question, "How long does it take to become Lean?"
How Successful Are Companies at Implementing Lean?
Lean can be extremely effective for some companies, but how many actually achieve those great results?
Should I Believe the Hype About Lean?
Search any Lean consulting site, and you will find some incredible claims about what Lean can do for your company's numbers. This FAQ tries to separate fact from fiction.
What books should I read first to learn about Lean? (FAQ)
There are countless books on Lean out there. This video FAQ answers the question of where to start reading.
What Industries and Types of Companies Benefit From Lean?
Lean is generally thought of as being for manufacturing. But how well does it work for other industries and non-manufacturing companies? (FAQ)
When is the Best Time to Start Lean?
What keeps companies from trying out Lean? (FAQ)
What is the best time to start Lean? (FAQ)
Where should we start our Lean efforts?
Who is the governing body of Lean?
I am asked, on occasion, who the governing body of Lean is. I answer in this short FAQ video.