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Rob Austin: When Is Lean Too Lean?

By Mike Rother, - Last updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - Save & Share - Leave a comment

“Lean” sounds efficient, and I like that. But I worry that it also sounds like “no backup inventory” or “no backup system.” I’ve heard stories about what sound like too-lean operations disastrously disrupted when unexpected problems caused severe delays and there were no backups.  So what is the relationship between lean and robustness in the face of unexpected problems? Can a lean system also be resilient?

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