According to BearingPoint lean practitioners, transitioning to a lean organization will only produce the desired results — which is continuous improvement — if all managerial aims are consistent with the lean principles. The primary aim is to fully utilize people’s capabilities and motivation. That is very different than a onetime cost reduction by applying lean tools.
BearingPoint believes that implementing lean tools and providing leadership with lean focus is not enough to go beyond the low hanging fruit. To create an environment that continuously improves, lean understanding must be developed on all levels in the organization. Especially employees following standardized work cycles must be able to understand lean methods and be supported to change their own daily work.