Date of Award
Master of Science
Kenneth E. Kirby, Dukwon Kim
Lean implementation is a complex process and requires a comprehensive lean assessment methodology that collects information from all the areas of an organization, and helps to determine the current state of the organization. A lean assessment tool is a stepping-stone for successful lean implementation as it provides as accurate accounting of a company’s current state and helps develop future strategies for business activities. It is quite essential to develop a lean assessment tool that focuses on manufacturing systems, support systems, operational excellence (integration of lean & six-sigma), and cultural sustainability of the organization. The assessment tool is developed focusing on an integrated approach, which is flexible, versatile and user-friendly. This assessment tool has been developed as an internet/intranet based software tool that adopts self-assessment surveys answered by employees from different parts of the organization as a methodology to determine the current state. The assessment tool has been tested at various companies and results are compared with conventional assessment methods.
Hulloli, Prashant M., "Development of Internet Based Lean Assessment Methodology and Tool: UTOPEX. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2004.