What It Takes To Succeed

What It Takes To Succeed

With Lean and Continuous Improvement

“Lean’s promise of 15% to 20% increase in organizational value year-over-year, every year is appealing… but achieving those results requires focus and discipline.”

At a high level, succeeding with Lean and Continuous Improvement involves three thing:

1) Alignment and agreement of senior leadership toward common goals.
2) Identifying Lean adoption and Continuous Improvement plans to achieve those goals.
3) Implementing those plans, measure the results and adjust as necessary to achieve the desired results.


It is really that simple to get started achieving the benefits of Lean and this site provides all the tools you need, but the degree of your success depends on the effective execution of those two essential items.

If you think Lean might be right for your organization, lets review the steps most successful organizations take on their road to Lean adoption.

How to get started:

  1. Senior leadership develops high level common goals or intent for the organization and identifies Lean adoption and Continuous Improvement in achieving those goals.
  2. Identify the first pilot teams to begin with Lean and Continuous Improvement and get their agreement. In Hawaii we have found the IT organization is good place to start the Lean journey.
  3. Begin the Lean pilots by developing cascading plans to achieve senior leaderships goals and intent as well as operational targets.
  4. For knowledge worker teams, develop contributor involved, value stream oriented Roadmaps to engage the teams and plan their bright future.
  5. For clerical and direct labor teams, develop a 6 to 12 month plans to prioritize the most significant improvements identified by the team as well as any new efforts required to achieve the relevant cascading plans.
  6. Develop essential Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) beginning including Roadmap and improvement initiatives as well as operational targets.
  7. Have the pilot team’s management begin adopting Leader Standard Work processes to track progress and solve problems.
  8. Begin daily Kaizen and Kaizen blitz events with the work teams to address areas of improvement or performance difficulty in achieving their KPIs.
  9. Publicize successes within the pilot team and the broader organization.
  10. Reflect on what has worked well with the pilot and what could be improved.
  11. Move onto the rest of the organization to begin their Lean adoption efforts.

Visit these pages to learn more:

Lean Adoption Roadmap

A Scalable Lean Framework