There has been a real inflation of Lean Managers in France lately. With so many of them flowing into the companies, France’s world of business should soon become benchmark of Lean!
Yet competitors don’t need to worry. Most of these Lean Managers are rookies acting as PMOs for 5S programs at best.
I probed my latest Lean Manager while touring the shop floor and was surprised how many non-5S situations were simply not noticed. And he/she was allegedly a Black Belt, supposed to be an elite waste fighter, reinforcing my low opinion about any Lean belt system.
Being in charge of the 5S program, I was explained, is making sure that the periodic 5S audits are done, the results recorded and scores displayed. While the company is bleeding to potential death from a thousand cuts, the Lean Manager is keeping score of 5S audits. Really worth paying one!
At the time I am writing these sarcastic lines, my French personal website celebrates its 20th anniversary. 20 years of sharing free online resources on Lean Thinking, Lean tools, methods and more. I should have limited it to the 5S pages and gone fishing.Follow @HOHMANN_Chris