Today's precarious economy has forced organizations to think lean -- as in launching transformations to eliminate wasteful processes and inefficient use of resources. Yet, by focusing strictly on cost reductions, CIOs and other top business leaders lose sight of what's really important: The need to create value throughout this lean transformation. The book "Beyond the Lean Revolution: Achieving Successful and Sustainable Enterprise Transformation" (Amacom/Available now) conveys the need for managers to assemble a complex and interdependent blueprint involving people, processes and technology to effectively serve all stakeholders. Authors Deborah J. Nightingale and Jayakanth Srinivasan provide a detailed lean transformation roadmap, as well as examples taken from real-life companies such as Raytheon and Rockwell Collins. Nightingale is a professor of practice of engineering systems and aeronautics and astronautics at MIT and is director of MIT's Center for Technology Policy and Industrial Development. Srinivasan is a research scientist at MIT's Lean Advancement Initiative. Here are eight highlights:
Know that Setbacks will occur, as will successes. Document and disseminate these across your teams to share lessons learned. This will ensure future success.
This article was originally published on 12-02-2011