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History of KAEFER’s Lean Journey

Tak­ing the steps to change.

It may sound like a cliché, but every jour­ney really does be­gin with a first step. KAE­FER’s Lean Jour­ney began in 2013 while work­ing with cli­ents that ap­plied this meth­od­o­logy them­selves. We saw how well ef­fi­ciency could be in­creased in prac­tice, so the de­cision was taken to start our own lean pro­gramme. But we see it as more than just a way to in­crease ef­fi­ciency. For us, lean is a qual­i­fic­a­tion pro­gramme – in re­la­tion to our staff as well as to our ser­vices.

Seven pi­lot pro­jects later, it be­came clear that lean would be the dir­ec­tion we took in fu­ture. Es­pe­cially since they were not just re­sound­ingly suc­cess­ful, but also fit into KAE­FER’s way of think­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well.
In 2014, the KAEFER Lean Jour­ney was ex­ten­ded to a fur­ther 100 pro­jects and the global Lean Leader or­gan­isa­tion was es­tab­lished. 2015 saw the num­ber of pro­ject grow to 150, as well as an ex­ten­ded Lean De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme for Man­agers. So far, in ad­di­tion to nu­mer­ous lean pro­jects, we have suc­cess­fully trained over 1,600 em­ploy­ees in more than 35 coun­tries.

Lean is work­ing. Not just for our cli­ents, but for us as well. And KAEFER has be­come known for be­ing an am­bas­sador for lean as well as a prime ex­ample of how it’s more than a pro­cess, but a way of think­ing.

Alexander Faber

Dr. Alexander Faber

Corporate Operations Excellence

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Lean involves everybody from the Executive Board to the worker. Through the lean trainings, you develop yourself, while enabling people around you to grow. The trainings also give you the international network to reach other sites and learn new ways of working.

Nic­olas Al­lier
Local Lean Leader, France

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