Lean's contribution to KM and Talent Development
The more I read and study Lean Maintenance program, the more I actually like Lean and its approach towards changing the process. As I mentioned before I am not the big follower of Lean concept….in some way I can relate myself to its opposition towards how this study suggest to place people in the company and deliver the knowledge. However, while writing KBAM PMA I needed to explore Lean more carefully, which brought me to some findings that actually support KM and the concept of continuous improvement. There is one point that I discovered today relating to the 8 types of wastes:
- Lean usually identified only 7 type of wastes which are: Defects; Over-production; Waiting; Transport; Inventory; Motion; Excessive Processing. Not so far ago, the one exta-waste appeared, namely, Non Utilized Talent. From that point, it can be claimed that Lean made a step towards managing Talents within the company. What is more important, it put companies’ attention on two key things: wastes relating to overlook of potential contributors to the process; wastes relating with involving people with greater capability than the process requires. In both cases to eliminate those two wastes, the individual development plan should be implemented that will help people to develop new knowledge and enable managers to allocate the appropriate tasks for high-potential employees. This, in turn, might create a better motivation for the whole team, as they now know that their current skills and knowledge are recognized and applied efficiently to business processes with Lean approach.