Building our Network

The last year has seen many changes for Lean Enterprise Australia. Peter Walsh, the founder of LEA stepped down as President and the organisation is now led by Alister Lee and Denise Bennett who between them have many years of improvement experience in manufacturing, service and healthcare. 

Both Alister and Denise are keen to discover and learn from companies and leaders who are successfully applying lean principles and learning and support the development of a strong community of lean thinking practice. In addition, LEA has recently established a board of experienced lean leaders to support and guide the way forward for the organisation. We are grateful to for the leadership of Mr Bill Scales, who is the inaugural board chairman.

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Lean Mining Institute

A global initiative this year has been the launch of the Lean Mining Institute (LMI). The founder, Laura Mottolo, recognised the need for industry specific adaption of Lean thinking and practice in mining. Interestingly, it was her experience working outside the industry during a downturn that exposed her to Lean and made her passionate about applying this when she returned to mining.

In Australia, we launched LMI at the Lean Summit in May. Laura was there in person to talk about tackling transformational change and the opportunities for the mining sector from the circular economy (cradle to cradle).

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Learning to Sustain a Lean Transformation

Welcome to the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Australia. We distribute books, workbooks, and case studies, run conferences and public and in-company workshops, and conduct research that helps companies transform themselves into lean enterprises, based on the principles of the Toyota Business System. We also help managers and executives develop the leadership behaviours that sustain lean enterprises. We write a regular e-mail newsletter on developments in lean.

Be Inspired, Learn and Network at LEA’s Annual Summit

20 – 21 November, 2019

Lean Enterprise Australia is moving its annual summit to November 2019.

John Shook, leader of the Lean Global Network and inspirational teacher will be one of our keynote speakers.

This gives you lots of time to become part of the program through either oral or poster presentation.

If you or your organisation can help to increase our understanding of the application of Lean Thinking and Practice please contact

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Just Released! Four Types of Problems

Art Smalley, continuous improvement coach and Lean Enterprise Institute faculty member, has authored a helpful book about problems. Four Types of Problems provides a usable typology to help us differentiate the types of organisational problems we face and the methods and tools that are useful for addressing each type.

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What is Lean?

The core idea is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Simply, lean means creating more value for customers with fewer resources. A lean organization understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. The ultimate goal is to provide perfect value to the customer through a perfect value creation process that has zero waste.

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