“Next frontiers for lean”

Lean production is spreading to more and more fields. McKinsey analyzes how it’s grown from beginnings in business in the Toyota production line to various businesses and is now moving into the public sector. Lean is all over the place: hospitals, airlines, restaurants, and asset management to name a few. The next step for lean is to link feedback more directly to product design and marketing. Applying these lean ideas to new systems is creating innovation and increased effectiveness in unexpected ways. We think there’s tons of opportunity for the application lean principles to the education sector.