For decades, manufacturing companies have employed lean principles to decrease waste and increase efficiency and quality. Although Toyota is often credited as the birthplace of the lean movement, lean thinking began with the Ford Motor Company during the early days of mass production over one hundred years ago. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find a diverse array of organizations, from manufacturing to governmental agencies to nonprofits, are all implementing lean principles.
Public and social sector organizations alike are under ever-increasing pressure to do more with limited resources. Today’s tough funding and regulatory environment is driving the need for innovative approaches that can reduce overhead and increase service to our communities and funders. You may be surprised to learn that lean has found a whole new life in governmental entities, nonprofits, and other service enterprises, where it has been successfully implemented for more than a decade.
Blackbaud’s new Guidebook to Becoming a Lean Organization, you’ll discover how lean thinking can help you reduce waste, improve the efficacy of your program delivery, and empower employees through innovation. You’ll also learn to avoid the top reasons that lean initiatives fail.