By Peter L. King
Nov. 4, 2011
I had the pleasure of spending the early part of this week with a company that has spent the last 10 years trying to become lean - and what they have been able to accomplish is really impressive! This is a company with several manufacturing sites, with operations that place them clearly in the middle of what we call the process industries. While consultant-client privilege prevents me from giving much in the way of details, I can tell you this:
In a meeting with the CEO and the senior VP of operations, it became clear why they have been so successful. The leadership understands lean, understands where they want to go with it, and are leading the charge aggressively and behaving in a way that you want to see lean leaders behave. Recognizing that many process companies shy away from lean on the belief that it really applies only to discrete parts manufacture and assembly, it is very exciting to interact with a company that really gets it!