A few weeks back, I had the privilege of attending the 2-day Shingo Prize workshop on the Principles of Operational Excellence. The experience was nothing short of mind-blowing, as I developed a far deeper understanding of Lean and why it works, not just what works. In other words, my understanding grew from something based on an understanding of Lean’s tools to something based more on Lean’s philosophy.
Model lines (a.k.a. pilot) are a proven method to initiate a lean launch. The model, typically one specific "line" or value stream within a single facility or operation, provides a small, focused and controlled playground for implementing lean.