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What is Lean?


Lean is defined as:

"a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste (non-value added activities) through continuous improvement by flowing the product at the pull of the customer in pursuit of perfection."  (Green Suppliers Network, 2009)


"...maximizing customer value while minimizing waste."  (Lean Enterprise Institute, 2008)

The lean principlesare ways of thinking and acting for an entire organization, not a tactic or a cost reduction program. To learn more about how the lean principles were used at ISU, please visit the eMerge department website.

The five principles of Lean are:

Lean Enterprise Architecture and Processes
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