“Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimal means.”
– Dr. Koichi Kawana
If I was only able to use one word to describe what lean and authentic continuous improvement meant to me I’d choose, without hesitation, simplicity.
You see I feel like most of us, myself included, complicate things far more than they need to be.
- We use sophisticated software to run our companies when a trip to Staples may be all that is required.
- We produce 48 variants of our product when our customers only care about 3 of them.
- We buy million dollar machines to increase capacity when all that’s actually needed is set-up reduction on the existing assets we already own.
What do you think? Do you agree with me? If not, what single word would you use to describe lean and authentic continuous improvement?