Lean change management is a system of innovative methods for effecting change in an organisation’s management. This system brings together other concepts such as Agile, Lean Startup and Neuroscience to create a feedback driven approach. Managing change in an organisation can be a complex process for both small and large companies. The need for better results in an organisation may necessitate change in the management systems. The lean model reduces waste and increases efficiency. Some of the lean principles may include;
• On-going maintenance- risks are evaluated early and issues identified early enough.
• Just in time- Work is divided into stages to ensure that each task is carried out at the right time with efficiency.
• Small lot production-work is divided into stages to reduce lead times between jobs
• Quality at the source- this ensures that a stage is fully completed before moving on to the next one
• Continuous improvement- Jobs and tasks are continually improved
• All stakeholders treated as partners- all parties involved in the company are treated equally in implementation to ensure excellence
• Employee empowerment and growth- it involves division of labor to all team members to create a more dynamic workforce.This lean approach involves stages which may include;
• Initiation of the program which involves the selection of change leaders
• Definition of Strategy; the principles that guide the implementation of change
• Planning; this involves the detailed organisation of the whole process and establishment of core team players
• Preparation of deployment; distribution of tasks and monitoring of performance and output
• Implementation-This is the final process of executing the transition.
Application of lean principles helps identify the most essential changes. This will include the most crucial decisions that need to be made and the most important management foundations that need to be developed. The most direct advantage of using this model is the reduction of the workload under execution. This model of effecting change holds various benefits:
* There is better use of resources: The better coordination between all the teams involved and the central team means there is absence of wastage of both time and the resources required. The transition will also involve leaner planning teams. The space requirement to execute change is also reduced.
* Execution of tasks at the right time: This is because the teams involved are better prepared to carry out tasks at the right time and with attention to detail.
* provides information about loss and gain in the company to all workers in the company.
* The model is geared towards customer satisfaction therefore products are of high quality and will be delivered on time.
* This model also ensures consistency in transition readiness: all activities are defined centrally therefore all team players will implement the same set of tasks thus enabling consistency.
* There is greater transparency in measuring progress of the various activities involved in effecting the transition.
*There are clearly defined plans for transition. This ensures that the plans for execution are detailed to avoid the downfalls of trying to attain goals that are vague.
Lean change management principles will contribute to a boost in the level of production in a company.
Chris is the Lead Author & Editor of Change Blog. Chris established the Change blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Change Management.