The book ‘Lean Auditing’ was published at the beginning of January 2015 and I have been pleased to have positive feedback, including various invitations to do work in Norway and Brussels in February, Germany in March and the US in June.
Here are some high level reflections on the lean auditing mindset:
‘The most important waste is the waste we do not recognize’
This is a quote from Shingo Shigeo, who championed lean in Toyota. The mindset shift to make is to see waste is often so prevalent that it has become invisible and ordinary to the audit team. Waste (or Muda) is spelled out in lean and includes:
- Waste from producing something that is not needed:
- Waste caused by defects or rejects;
- Waste caused by inappropriate processing;
Based on this list (which is just a subset of all of the Muda wastes), one can clearly see the importance of having a clear purpose to each assignment and the need to have a staggered approach to each assignment so ensure that additional work (e.g. testing) is merited. Continue Reading