Maturity, it's an interesting concept isn't it? When we talk about it in terms of human beings, we generally talk about it in a behavioural context, which is loosely related to age but not absolutely.
Whilst writing this blog I came across a T-Shirt slogan that read "Age is just a number, Maturity is a Choice", which struck me as quite apt when also related to Lean.
When you deploy Lean into an organisation, you can employ the tool-kit and will gain some great results very quickly. You'll celebrate the increased productivity and the significant cash release through inventory reduction. However, soon enough you'll experience the inevitable entropy as the improvements decay through a lack of sustainable focus.
The alternative takes more effort but provides a long term transformation into a Lean Organisation and this alternative is to take a structured Lean Deployment Model and utilise it extensively, with discipline and rigour. Only through this approach can you ensure that you deliver the sustainability of the breakthrough results that you will experience, combined with the creation of a Lean Thinking, Continuous Improvement Mindset.
So where does the Maturity aspect come into it? Well the best way to ensure that you are making the right changes and are addressing not only the tool based elements of Lean but also the People aspects is to regularly assess your Lean Maturity and ensure that your Kaizen Events are designed to address all aspects of your Lean Transformation, not only the tangible results.
So choose Maturity when it comes to a Lean Transformation!
"I aim to promote the global sharing of best practices in the application of Lean Thinking."