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Guest Post: Daily Lean Marketing Speech

By Jon Miller Updated on May 17th, 2017

Hello, I am Franck Demarest, 32 years old. I am French and have been working in the continuous improvement field in the automotive industry. I have been in Tier 1 ((JIT Production Responsible, 6 Sigma Black Belt and Lean Facilitator) during 4 years and in Toyota during 3 years (TPS implementation at supplier and inside Toyota). I am now working in the packaging industry as European Lean Champion. My studies were around production, logistic and quality and as Industrial Engineer.

All through my experiences when trying to get people closer and closer towards Lean thinking (Customer focus and waste reduction), I have been struggling to find easy words or motto to strike people’s mind.

To overcome this difficulty, I have been discussing a lot with colleagues and going through documents available here and there. Based on that I started to make a list of acronyms witch might be used in your daily discussion with peers or working colleagues.

So please enjoy below list (which is not supposed to be exhaustive):

  • 5P Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
  • 5C Concern Contain Cause Countermeasure Control
  • 4M Material Machine Man Method
  • 4S Sifting, Sorting, Sweeping & Spick & Span
  • 3M Muda Muri Mura
  • 3C Creativity Courage Challenge
  • 5W1H What, When, Who, Where, Why, How
  • CANDO Clean up, Arranging, Neatness, Discipline, Ongoing improvement
  • KISS Keep It Simple Stupid
  • Data Driven Decision
  • FISH First In Still Here
  • BOB Best of the Best
  • WOW Worst of the Worst
  • DMAIC Define Measure Analyse Improve Control (6 Sigma
  • FIFO First In First Out
  • SWC Standardised Work Chart
  • SWCT Standardised Work Combination Table
  • STAC Show Train Assess Control
  • SIPOC Supplier Inputs Process Outputs Customer
  • Tim Wood (7 wastes) : Transportation, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Overproduction, Overprocessing, Defects
  • NOW TIME Non quality, Over production, Waiting Transport, Inventory, Motion, Excess processing
  • SMART S – specific, significant, stretching, M – measurable, meaningful, motivational A – agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented T – time-based, timely, tangible, trackable
  • DOE Design of Experiment
  • KPI Key Performance Indicators
  • FML Flexible Manpower Line
  • PDCA Plan Do Check Act

I am still thinking how to convert the word LEAN itself … Might be something around Leveled Enterprise in Agile Network… I am not yet happy about the “N” …

If you feel like contributing through your own I would be very happy to hear from you.



  1. Joe W

    February 18, 2009 - 6:52 am

    Nice list, Franck. I had never heard of FISH before. That’s clever.
    One quick note…I believe that BOB and WOW in this sense are trademarks of Shainin.

  2. Anon

    February 18, 2009 - 12:41 pm

    How exactly do you use these terms in your “daily lean marketing speech” Franck? It seems like it’s a lot of jargon that would turn people off if they didn’t know what you were talking about.

  3. Slawomir

    March 13, 2009 - 2:46 am

    Hello Frank,
    my proposal for LEAN word is “Learning of Efficience by Analize and Notification”. Hope it will fit to Your expectations 😀

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