Since 1997 the Lean Enterprise Institute (www.lean.org) has helped to popularize and spread lean thinking worldwide through book publishing, seminars, conferences and many other ways. LEI has been especially generous in sharing their LeanTimeline08.pdf with all of us. This timeline traces the development of lean thinking from the 1500s onward, beginning with flow production in the Venetian arsenal. This attractive visual aid will surely be useful in answering any skeptic who asks, “What’s this new “lean” theory all about and who else has actually put it into practice?”
The 1MB PDF file can be downloaded by clicking on the image or the link above.