Perhaps the most critical point to make about the Extended LEAN® methodology is to emphasize that Extended LEAN is not a departure from traditional LEAN principles; rather, it applies many traditional core LEAN principles to business elements outside of the original intended target of LEAN – the factory floor. More specifically, the term Extended LEAN refers to the examination of the value streams within a facility and EXTENDING them beyond the receiving and shipping docks to vendors and customers in the supply chain. To fully understand the Extended LEAN concept and its impact across the supply chain, we must first review its origins in traditional LEAN.

This mini-white paper explores the concept of extending value streams from your suppliers all the way to your end customer using LEAN methodologies in your supply chain.