According to McKinsey Solutions, in 2014 the failure rate of Lean projects was 75%.  Of those failures, 47% occurred due to management’s behavior not supporting change or assigning adequate resources.  Another 39% is due to employee resistance to change…part of which can be linked to management’s behavior.  According to Nigel Clements (advisor with UK-based non-profit Deming Forum), the rate is also 70% and the top reason is ‘management buy-in’.

Extrapolating the data, we can conclude that approximately 80% of the failures to launch a successful Lean Management initiative directly relate to senior management.  Why?

There are several specific root causes, but they all come back to one issue:  Senior management lacks the knowledge capital to be able to set up the project for success.  

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