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Observations on Lean Dynamics

This blog provides observations on the topic of lean dynamics -- on what "lean" really means, common misconceptions, and how it applies to companies, government agencies, and other types of organizations today.


Lean vs. the learning curve

It is startling to see how often managers mix lean methods with traditional methods and run into problems. Worse yet, few seem to understand why. Consider one example: Implementing lean in conjunction with the age old concept of ”the learning curve.” This is always a bad idea. Why? Because the learning curve is a tool for accommodating poorly understood limitations within operations. Conversely, lean operations are intended to be tightly planned from the outset, leaving litt