Lean processes, meaning achieving your desired outcome with minimal or no wastage, have been applied in manufacturing processes for some time. You can see it in automotive and aeronautical engineering processes, where lean processes are associated with “just in time” assembly processes. This means that you don’t carry expensive stocks, but your design processes specify exactly when in the process an individual component is required and ordering to ensure its optimum arrival.
The issue for me is whether lean processes can enrich the focus on learning or whether it represents a managerial approach which simply sees learning as an assembly process.
Can this process of lean management have any applications in learning and development? Saffron Interactive argues that it can: Lean process – How lean learning benefits L&D | Saffron Interactive