Lean experienced a fairly slow start in the 80’s and early 90’s, but picked up its adoption rate rapidly in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Of late, it seems to be reaching something of a saturation point in manufacturing, but is still spreading rapidly in other areas. The Lean office is still going strong. Lean is making substantial inroads into healthcare. I see more requests for Lean information from those in higher education. Even the government is getting into the act, albeit at a slow pace. (Note: These observations are from personal experience. It is surprisingly hard to find reliable, believable, compatible data about Lean adoption.)
So, the poll question for today is about where you think Lean will be in 10 years? Over its history, it has seen evolutionary changes. While the core of Lean is rather stable, if you look back a decade, and then a decade before that, there are some notable changes. The A3 report, for example, has gained in popularity. More information is available, especially in the multimedia realm. Web searches will yield a wealth of content, much of it free. I believe forums to be responsible, in large part, for Lean’s continued spread. This history of change makes it clear that 2023’s version of Lean will be different than today’s.
My question to you is more about the impact of those changes than the actual changes themselves. If you want to let us know your predictions about those changes, though, please let us know in the comments section.