Successful Lean Manufacturing Implementation: Five Fundamental Jigsaw Pieces

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Successful Lean Manufacturing Implementation: Five Fundamental Jigsaw Pieces
Dr. Beitinger Gunter , Director, Germany

This article describes the five fundamental jigsaw pieces which Siemens Guadalajara puts together, to get the real power out of lean by changing existing management practices and incorporating the Siemens values Innovation, Excellence and Responsibility at the same time.

Responsibility -Excellence - Innovation
If we study success stories of change, the interest is in general concentrated on the prin-ciples and tools but the focus should be on finding solutions. But, objective reasoning has nothing to do how we will solve problems. Therefore principles, practices, and tools are important for routine and standard approaches and must reflect the thought patterns we would like to develop.
To create a sustainable lean culture, we must critically question our management practices and leadership culture. Otherwise we run the risk that we even produce the opposite of that what we intend. Work-, social- psychology and latest brain research, reveals how thought and action patterns can be developed and formed.
We in Siemens Guadalajara see the five jigsaw pieces
1. Review Job Environment & Satisfaction
2. Motivate Participation
3. Demand Leadership Responsibility
4. Develop new Behavior Pattern
5. Insist on Lean Methods and Tools  1)
As a circle of a recurring change process, if one piece is missing or doesn’t fit into the other, the change process will not be sustainable and efficient.
In recognition of this fact, responsible leader-ship behavior based on ethically excellent characters become increasingly important if an innovative lean culture change will occur. .

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