Design for lean manufacturing on Wikipedia

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Throw out an idea … How to place an overview of design for lean manufacturing on Wikipedia?

Learn a new skill … How can you learn the skills to be a Wikipedia contributor and editor?  This took some learning about Wikipedia editing and the nature of writing with a neutral point of view (or NPOV).

Get some help from friends … How to enlist the help of others in editing and create a meaningful entry? Thank you to the Huthwaite Institute who stayed with the long editing process.

Edit, Edit, and Edit again … How many edits might it take?  The peer-editing process on Wikipedia is fairly unique. It was difficult to find an editor who understood the process and could guide us through the maze of Wikipedia editing.  So, a special thank you goes to Cullen (not his real name), who helped us through the process.   After many back and forth sessions and many hours of revisions … Lean Design is now on Wikipedia.

The result!

A Wikipedia entry on design for lean manufacturing without any qualifying statements on the entry!

Here is the first paragraph:

Design for lean manufacturing
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Design for lean manufacturing is a process for applying lean concepts to the design phase of a system, such as a complex product or process. The term describes methods of design in lean manufacturing companies as part of the study of Japanese industry by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the time of the study, the Japanese automakers were outperforming the American counterparts in speed, resources used in design, and design quality.[1] Conventional mass-production design focuses primarily on product functions and manufacturing costs; however,design for lean manufacturing systematically widens the design equation to include all factors that will determine a product’s success across its entire value stream and life-cycle. One goal is to reduce waste and maximize value, and other goals include improving the quality of the design and the reducing the time to achieve the final solution. The method has been used in architecture,[2] healthcare,[3] product development, processes design, information technology systems, and even to create lean business models.[4] It relies on the definition and optimization of values coupled with the prevention of wastes before they enter the system. Design for lean manufacturing is system design.[5]

Please proceed to Wikipedia to read the rest of the entry.   Enjoy the reading, and let us know how we could make the Wikipedia more accurate and complete.  Note:  Others have already contributed and helped to make the entry more accurate.

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About Timothy Schipper

Author and coach on lean

Posted on April 22, 2013, in Lean, lean development, lean development excellence and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Karen Schipper

    Congratulations on your big milestone of getting Lean Design on Wikipedia!!! It’s quite a process, and difficult to achieve that!!

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