"Managing software system principles can be applied to any organisation in any sector. Although systems’s origins are largely from an automotive manufacturing environment, the principles and techniques are being transferred to many sectors, often with little adaptation. Sectors such as distribution, retailing, construction, healthcare, financial services, defence and public administration have all begun to implement managing software system ideas in recent years."
Removing wasted time and effort represents the biggest opportunity for performance improvement and enabling a greater focus on creating value. Creating flow and pull starts with radically reorganising individual process steps, but the gains become truly significant as all the steps link together. As this happens, more and more layers of waste become visible and the process continues towards the theoretical end point of perfection, where every asset and every action adds value for the end customer. In this way, lean thinking represents a path of sustained performance improvement - and not a one off programme.
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