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Introduction

The discussion related to Improvement will never be complete without mentioning LEAN. As we all know, our organization made a strategic decision to
introduce lean construction for our projects. At this stage we have a consultant working at CFP-Kuwait (mechanical project) and another consultant at the
Mega Reservoir – Qatar (civil project) introducing lean construction. Under the circumstances, and supporting the new management approach, this bulletin
will cover the lean concept as reported in 2012 in CCC quarterly bulletin.
What is Lean?
Lean has evolved considerably since 1988:

Lean is now a science and not only a practice


Lean is not a set of tools, it is a philosophy, an approach to life and work
Lean is a journey with a defined path
Lean is a way to guarantee continuous improvement, it is a way of life

Lean is a continuous evolutionary process of a change and adaption, a central


organizing principle in the long term renewable enterprise, where the
organization builds a sustainable enterprise with all stakeholders.

Lean means less of many things, less waste, shorter time cycle, fewer suppliers, less bureaucracy, but lean also mean more knowledge of employees, more
empowerment and capability, more productivity, more satisfied customers and more long terms success. In simple terms, Lean concentrates on
eliminating waste in the organization and on continual improvement projects.
Where we can find Lean? A Brief History
Lean is found anywhere, where we have waste and opportunity for In 1980 the concept of lean has spread across continents, in manufacturing,
improvement, it should be all over the organization. You can find construction and other service industries, it became more understood and less of
many publications related to lean, especially in the following areas: mystery. In the 18th century Benjamin Franklin established principles for waste control
and excess inventory. However, it was Henry Ford mass production where many lean
 Lean Manufacturing practices were introduced. In Rouge Plant in Michigan engineers analysed every single
 Lean Construction system, process and resources to minimize waste and improve productivity. Henry Ford
concentrated on the following:
 Lean Office & Administration
 Lean Management 

Quality Improvement
Cost Reduction
 Lean Thinking  Increase Compensation to Workers
Lean is not only associated with manufacturing or construction, it is
associated with the way of thinking; this is applied by the effective In 1950 Eiji Toyoda (of Toyota Motor Co.) visited the Rouge Plant in Michigan for a period of 3
organizations after adopting the lean practice you will be lean months. At that time Rouge Plant was the largest plant in the world producing 8000 cars every day
thinker. Lean focuses on processes that create customer values while Toyota at that time was producing 2500 cars every year. Eiji Toyoda and Ohno “the plant
which by their nature are cross functional. Example may include manager of Toyota” concluded that the Ford Mass Production system will not work for them due to
materials supply chain that has a cross functional nature that two factors:
includes engineering, procurement, manufacturer, and customer. Japanese have a different taste for cars compared to the American,
Japanese will not work in substandard conditions.

Conclusion
Lean is a business strategy based on satisfying customers by delivering quality product and services that are just what the customers’ need, when the
customers need them, in the amount required, at the right price, using the minimum of materials, equipment, space, labour and time.
Lean philosophy may cover the total enterprise, embracing all aspects of operations including all business processes, core processes and supporting processes,
supplies network and customers value chain. In big multicultural businesses that are spread worldwide, Lean could be the answer for many problems and a
way for long term success and prosperity.
Introduction
The discussion related to Improvement will never be complete without mentioning LEAN. As we all know, our organization made a strategic decision to
introduce lean construction for our projects. At this stage we have a consultant working at CFP-Kuwait (mechanical project) and another consultant at the
Mega Reservoir – Qatar (civil project) introducing lean construction. Under the circumstances, and supporting the new management approach, this bulletin
will cover the lean concept as reported in 2012 in CCC quarterly bulletin.

Conclusion
Lean is a business strategy based on satisfying customers by delivering quality product and services that are just what the customers’ need, when the
customers need them, in the amount required, at the right price, using the minimum of materials, equipment, space, labour and time.
Lean philosophy may cover the total enterprise, embracing all aspects of operations including all business processes, core processes and supporting processes,
supplies network and customers value chain. In big multicultural businesses that are spread worldwide, Lean could be the answer for many problems and a
way for long term success and prosperity.