For the first time in the history of Arizona government, we’re adopting an intentional management system to govern how we do our agencies’ vital mission work. The Arizona Management System is based on Lean principles, which have proven successful over many years in a host of industry sectors.
As you’ll see, Lean is not separate from our day-to-day work but integral to it; in short, Lean is how we fulfill our mission today. You can expect a lot of training and tools to be offered as part of Arizona’s Lean deployment, but for now, let’s review some Lean history.
The roots of Lean can be found in principles of continuous improvement that date back more than 100 years, when a man like Henry Ford used them to streamline and build efficiency into the automobile mass assembly line.