The Role Of The Plant Manager in Lean
Jim Huntzinger and Michel Baudin discuss the role of the plant manager in Lean implementation.
Jim Huntzinger and Michel Baudin discuss the role of the plant manager in Lean implementation. They cover:
- public aspect of the role and the pressure it is subjected to,
- lean leadership,
- key areas and responsibilities of plant manager,
- identifying and selecting improvement projects,
- importance of pilot projects,
- what makes an effective plant manager,
- common career path towards plant manager role,
- what is company culture,
- importance of continuous learning,
- 3 top things a plant manager has to do to successfully implement lean in his plant: (1) study Toyota Production System, (2) do not underestimate the engineering issues of Lean implementation, and (3) accept improvement ideas from sister-plants;
- recommended reading for plant managers,
- 3 things that plant manager should never do: (1) implement tools without thinking, (2) inject his/her own ideas during technical discussions, (3) be a suit;
- how to empower staff to do improvement,
- how to deal with Lean sceptics, and
- engaging executives in the Lean transformation.
This post was originally written for The Lean Presentation.
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