The Lean Myth: The Overselling of Lean in Manufacturing

Automotive engine plant 

Don't get me wrong - I'm a big fan of lean principles. The problem I have is the conventional wisdom that it must also incorporate lean manufacturing (Kanban).

Lean principles can be applied to any manufacturing discipline. They provide for excellent advice and improve the process greatly - so much so that we see them used for many aspects of business and life.

In this article, I want to expose some of the myths regarding lean manufacturing and identify how some of these philosophies are actually hurting business.


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About Don Riggs

Don Riggs is a well-seasoned veteran with 25+ years of implementation consulting and 13+ years of Microsoft Dynamics AX experience. In his career, he has been involved in anything from helping design ERP systems, developing and marketing ISV solutions, to delivering a number of successful AX ERP implementations. As a regular participant in AXUG, he has delivered many courses and presentations. Don is considered by many to be an AX expert, particularly in the areas of inventory costing, manufacturing, AX project module, and implementation processes. Having attained APICS certification in the early 1980's, Don considerers himself a manufacturing consultant by trade and his love and enthusiasm for the industry has never waned. Always interested in new challenges, his branching out into other areas of the product has allowed him to become very knowledgeable in many areas. 

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