Ryan Kashubara is an engineer with a successful career in the manufacturing field.
When you first hear the word “lean,” you probably get a certain image in your head. The image depicts an athletic, thin person like a long-distance runner or a swimmer. You also may be imagining foods that are low in fat. The word “lean” also usually associates with speed, agility, edge, and a certain aggressiveness. While it can describe a physical state, it also implies discipline and toughness. Lean people are not lean temporarily. They are lean all the time. They are committed to staying lean, which means adhering to certain principles and routines.
In 1988, a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was studying the automotive industry and the Toyota Motor Company in particular. They identified the traits that made Toyota unique. Some of these traits were a production with fewer defects, less effort to create and service products, and smaller investments that yielded significant results. At first, the researchers from MIT struggled to find a term that would describe what they observed. Later, they decided to call a company like Toyota a “lean” company.
This was the origin of the term “lean” becoming associated with organizations that achieve more with less. Lean companies use less effort to get more done, fewer materials to manufacture better products, less time to develop these products and fewer resources in the manufacturing process. They are customer-driven and manufacture products of the highest quality in the most effective manner, which is why they hire engineers like Ryan Kashubara.
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