By Jamie Flinchbaugh
Lean Learning Center
Building Sustainable Business and People Success through New Ways of Thinking
There are far too many definitions and descriptions of lean systems for all of us to be speaking the same language, and so it seems worthwhile to put forward a unifying view of lean systems. Some have interpreted lean as merely a collection of tools, such as 5S, JIT, kanban, and so on.1 Others have described lean as working people harder, working people smarter, kaizen, or Total Quality Management. Some definitions are wrong and some are just inadequate.