One of the things I appreciate about Lean is that many of the tools are very simple and practical. Thinking about it, putting them to practice can happen in a matter of hours. All it should take is understanding and the decision to actually take action. Of course, once application of the tools begins other challenges arise such as overcoming resistance and sustainment of the improvements.
Leadership is paramount and clear direction for improvement is necessary. There are other Lean tools that provide for this, such as: Value Stream Mapping, Policy Deployment, among others.
For the time being, let’s focus on tools that are simple, actionable and can get you significant wins: