Launch Lean

Too many times this is how people react to launching Lean,

especially in the office…

Many people think launching Lean means doing one or more of the following activities:

  • Conducting week-long Lean workshops
  • Implementing a 5-S program
  • Hoshin planning
  • Creating an overly-complicated dashboard or roadmap

This is a problem.

In an office environment, these are all well-intentioned but misguided launch activities. Misguided because they add to the problems they are intended to resolve:

  • Adds more work. Most likely you’re already at capacity. Having workshops, with all the preparation and follow-up activities, adds to the workload.
  • Adds more complexity. Implementing Lean this way adds one more requirement that adds to management and staff burden.
  • It’s complicated. Traditional Lean implementation uses lots of tools and methods, many that require learning foreign terms.
  • It’s met with resistance. Many managers and staff believe that Lean is just a fad—another flavor of the month. If they resist enough, they will be right.
  • It’s hard to maintain the gains. Lean often fails in the long run—about 70% of the time.

There is a better way…

These issues can be mitigated or even eliminated by following the two most important rules for launching a successful lean program:

Motivate your people.

Keep it simple.


So, how do you implement Lean while following those two rules?

Successful Lean implementations are all about the launch. Successful organizations get the launch right.


If you don’t get the launch right, Lean loses steam. Why do you think that only 30% of Lean implementations are successful over time?

The traditional way to implement Lean—the way many people do it—is based on mid-20th century manufacturing model and a 1980’s consulting model. It is outdated and ill-fitting for the 21st century office. It is complicated and time-consuming. It is tools-based, ignoring basic fundamentals of human behavior.

The success of Lean does not ride on the proper application of dozens of complicated tools. Lean succeeds because people—that means both management and staff—are motivated by a positive experience with Lean. And that’s our Big Secret.


Results build enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm builds results.


That’s why our training programs are designed to get results fast. You don’t need to sequester your people for five days in a Lean workshop. You can have your entire organization practice Lean and get results in just six or seven hours. You can even free up capacity in your entire organization without using even one Lean tool.

Our training programs are simple and immediately effective. They are carefully designed to get results faster and easier. That taps into your people’s enthusiasm and feeds their motivation.


Motivation and simplicity – that’s the key.