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Lean principles

Before you start your journey to become a lean company, the 5 principles of lean should be engraved in your strategy: 
  1. Specify value from the standpoint of the end customer by product family.
  2. Identify all the steps in the value stream for each product family, eliminating whenever possible those steps that do not create value.
  3. Make the value-creating steps occur in sequence so the product will flow smoothly towards the customer.
  4. Let customers pull value from the next upstream activity.
  5. As value is specified, value streams are identified, wasted steps are removed, and flow and pull are introduced, begin the process again and continue it until a state of perfection is reached in which perfect value is created with no waste.
Source: Lean Enterprise Institute