There are no concrete methods or magical approaches to succeed with Lean in the business. However, we have gathered some general tips to ease the work:
Establish the Lean-work within the business
By mapping the processes in workshops, the processes will be representative of both the current and desired state. Invite your colleagues, encourage discussions and let different voices be heard. This joint approach will also ease the changes to take force because everyone is apart of it.
Involve the top management
In order to ease the implementation of Lean, the top management needs to be aware of the need for a change and also the benefits it will bring. The changes can involve everything from culture, management structure or behaviors and will most likely affect the top management.
Communicate the change
Communicating the change within the organization is the key to success. To reduce the resistance it is important to let everyone know why the change is taking place, what the result will be and what it will mean. Make sure the work is transparent and clearly communicated.
The right tool for the purpose
Last but definitely not least, it is of major importance to have tools that are easy to use in workshops, but also helps us structure and carry out analyses, implement the changes and ease the communication. Make sure you are using the right kind of tools in order to facilitate working with Lean.