Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

February 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 2

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Engineers

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Great tastes in strategic planning

Kaizen, PDCA, other lean tools are the ingredients that can drive results

By Greg Lashley and Marla Clark

The same way quality ingredients can turn a great recipe into a tasty delight, the proper use of lean tools can transform a company’s strategic plan into an actionable system that can improve the bottom line. Some practitioners may have heard this claim, but if not, certainly many have heard of these concepts: goal setting, standard work, strategic planning, kaizen and the plan-do-check-act cycle. Knowing what these concepts are is a good starting place, but the real key to success with strategic planning is to understand the process for bringing all these concepts together to create a workable plan that drives real change.


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