SUNConferences, Southern African Institute of Industrial Engineering 2013

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Applying Lean Principles in a School Environment to Reduce Lead Time and Improve Quality
Benjamin Chibaira, Teresa Sharon Hattingh

Last modified: 2013-06-23


In this paper I will present how lean principles can be implemented in a primary school environment. I will discuss insights into how to reduce lead-time to go through the curriculum while improving the results. I will provide insight into the value stream and wastes in a typical classroom environment. I will present the insights so far based on a pilot class implementation at a school in Johannesburg. I will also show how use of technology can aid in the implementation of lean in a classroom environment.

Elimination of “wastes’ of lean has always resulted in improvements in lead time reductions as well as quality improvements in industry and commerce. It is with this background in mind that we are testing the same principles in a classroom environment.


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