Five LEAN Principles Every Designer Should Know.
Principles make seeming bulky process, simple. They rid you of getting stuck all the time. This is true with the LEAN concept, knowing what to do and when to do it makes the concept simpler. LEAN is founded on the principle of defining value from the customer's perspective and constantly improving the way value is provided by removing any resource use that is inefficient or does not contribute to the value goal.
The LEAN concept has principles that yields better productivity when applied, thus, it is important for every designer to be acquainted with these principles.
1. Value: The value of a product is always determined by the needs of the client. Critical questions must be asked such as Why do you want this Design? Who is your target audience? Who is your competition? Do you have any design specifications? What are the other critical needs or expectations that must be fulfilled? The answers to these questions are what inspires creativity to create a valuable product.
2. Value Stream: After determining the value, the next stage is to map out the "value stream," of all of the activities and procedures involved in designing a product from the ideation to the delivery to the client. Value-stream mapping is an eye-opening exercise that identifies all of the actions that move a product. The idea is to identify every step that does not provide value according to the customer’s needs and then figure out how to get rid of them.
3. Flow: Following the removal of irrelevancies from the value stream, the next step is to ensure that the remaining phases run smoothly with no interruptions, delays, or bottlenecks. According to LEI, "make the value-creating activities happen in a tight sequence so that the product or service flows smoothly toward the client." This may necessitate breaking down the activities involved in the design, with a wide view of making the product relevant for years.
4. Apply the Pull Principle: The Pull Principle is one of the most essential principles in the LEAN Philosophy. The Pull principle is founded on the idea that you should only produce what the client asks for. Consumer demand defines both the type and functionality of products to design, and this process is to precisely meet customer demand.
5. Perfection: This is the most important part of the LEAN principle, while the first to fourth steps are important, this last step put every piece together, it involves doing a thorough check-up, checking the client’s specification with your design and confirming it with the consumer needs.
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