One of the most common misconceptions about lean manufacturing techniques is that they only apply to large-scale operations. Lean is the continuous improvement of operations to cut down wastes. “What lean tends to do is look at the system and try to identify what adds value,” explains Robert Van Til, Ph.D., professor of lean studies at the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science and chair of the Industrial Systems and Engineering Department. “Waiting and moving from point A to point B and recording information more than once are a lot of things that don’t add value. So how can we design a system to take that stuff out?” .
Think of it as smoothing the joints of your job site, from the bidding process to the building process.