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History of KAEFER’s Lean Journey - KAEFER South Africa

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 1,500 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.

LEAN provides us a mechanism for change. From this change stems innovation, creativity and incentive for improvement.  Using LEAN to initiate changes will allow us an opportunity to better manage the change that is inevitable

Kuben Nair
Project Management Office

The biggest enemy for lean always, is not to get involved or take ownership and the biggest room for lean success is that it tolerates failure for trying.

Daniel Mametja
Medupi power station – Site Lean Leader