What is House of Lean, and what are best practices, tools and online templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of House of Lean
House of Lean refers to the implementation of Lean Methodologies into a company. It is an analogy that refers to building a house – in order to be built properly, lean strategies must be done in a proper order to be successful. The different steps are associated with various parts of a house being built. For example, one must start with the foundation, then walls, then the roof. Thus, the term House of Lean.
Description of House of Lean
The House of Lean model consists of the foundation, the walls, and the roof.
The Foundation includes four elements.
- Leadership: It is crucial that the Leadership team is on board in order for Lean Methodologies to work. This starts at the very top of the organization and filters all the way down.
- Employees: Lead Methodology brings employees into the mix by accepting and listening to their input.
- Trust: Trust must exist between Leadership and the Employees, between departments and especially between individual employees. The foundation will be more solid if everyone knows they are working toward the same goals.
- Goals: All Lean Methodology projects must have clear goals in place. If everyone does not know what the desired outcomes are, they will not be in a position to help support them.
The Walls: The Walls are structurally sound when all processes are strong. This includes improvements to efficiency, waste elimination, and quality improvement, which help ensure a company is producing the best possible products at the lowest prices. As a result of the walls being strong, profitability improves. Optimizing processes can include implementing strategies such as 5S, Kaizen, Just-in-Time Production and Kanban.
The Roof: In House of Lean, the customer is the focus of the Roof. It is important to keep the customer’s specific wants and needs at top of mind at all times. If a product is optimized by improving the processes put into place in the Walls, it won’t make a difference if the customer is not interested in or in need of the product itself.
House of Lean is important because it provides a valuable framework, often related to manufacturing, in an easy to understand analogy. As with building any house, it is important that the foundation is built first and is strong enough to hold the walls and roof securely and successfully. The same is true with Manufacturing. It is important to have leadership support as the foundation, then optimized processes for quality and then customer needs and wants as a priority.
Tools & Templates
The House of Lean is usually shared and communicated in presentations, spreadsheets, and other strategic documents.
upBOARD's Online House of Lean Tools & Templates
Unlike most traditional House of Lean processes, upBOARD’s online House of Lean tools allow any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s portfolio of other operations best practice tools and templates, including:
5 S System, Brainstorming, Business Process Re-engineering, Gemba Walk, House of Lean, House of Quality, Huddle Boards, Just in Time (JIT), Kaizen, Kanban Boards, Key Performance Indicators, Leading and Lagging Indicators, Lean Manufacturing, Objectives & Key Results, Operational Performance Management, Outsourcing Decision-Matrix, Performance-Based Budgeting, QDIP Board, RATER Model, Six Sigma, SQDC Board, SQDCM Board, Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Theory of Constraints (TOC), Total Quality Management (TQM), Value Stream Mapping, and Zero Defects.