Lean Thinking & Practice


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.

To accomplish this, lean thinking changes the focus of management from optimizing separate technologies, assets, and vertical departments to optimizing the flow of products and services through entire value streams that flow horizontally across technologies, assets, and departments to customers.

Eliminating waste along entire value streams, instead of at isolated points, creates processes that need less human effort, less space, less capital, and less time to make products and services at far less costs and with much fewer defects, compared with traditional business systems. Companies are able to respond to changing customer desires with high variety, high quality, low cost, and with very fast throughput times. Also, information management becomes much simpler and more accurate.

Our Mission

  • A mission driven organisation that takes responsibility for advancing lean thinking and practice in Australia and SE Asian region.
  • Improve performance & raise living standards.
  • Enable prosperity while minimising resource use & environmental impact.
  • Provide more fulfilling work & continued personal development.
  • Enable consumers to create more value.

What we do?

To achieve it’s mission, Lean Enterprise Australia is working closely with organisations in many different industries to assist them with their lean journeys.

LEA conducts are wide variety of activities to achieve it’s purpose, including:

  • Engaging senior management in developing strategy
  • Partnering with organisations on Lean transformations
  • Lean practitioner training *New from LGN*
  • Training - public & in-house
  • Annual Lean Summit
  • Networking events
  • Website and webinars
  • Publications and training materials from our on-line store