Lean ThinkingÂ is a business methodology that aims to provide a new way to think about how to organize activities to deliver more benefits to society and value to individuals while eliminating waste. The term lean thinking was coined by James Womack and Daniel Jonesto. ItÂ is a new way of thinking about any activity and seeing the waste inadvertently generated by the way the process is organized.
John Shook is widely recognized as a lean expert. HeÂ learned about Lean management while working for Toyota for nearly 11 years in Japan and the U.S., helping it transfer production, engineering, and management systems from Japan to NUMMI and subsequently to other operations around the world. While at Toyota’s headquarters, he became the company’s first American manager in Japan.
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