The Michigan Lean Consortium defines Lean as "a dynamic process of continuous improvement and learning by empowered associates, in a culture of mutual trust and respect, focused on eliminating waste and maximizing value for our customers".
2008 - President Glenn Mroz initiated continuous improvement using Lean practices at Michigan Tech by bringing in a Lean consultant to train and coach a Lean Implementation Staff. Later that year the first kaizen (continuous improvement event) was held.
2011 - A grant from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service helped to train Lean facilitators and implementation leaders.
2011-present - Continuous improvement has expanded across campus and the Michigan Tech community. 210 kaizen events, involving over 750 people have taken place.
A Lean approach to continuous improvement provides us with a concrete method to examine work processes. The tools we use are tested and the cross-functional teams often bring new perspectives to the table.
Lean thinking can provide improved value for the customer by: