I get sick of lean, have to hear it every single day at work. LSS, Lean six sigma. We are not a production facility in the sense but this is pushed down our throats each day. What happens is this, they want to do a lean event in our shop, save sq ft, save foot travel, save parts, order only when its needed, don't overwork, don't underwork etc.etc. Heres what really happens, shop leader goes around and throws stuff out. So all those parts you were hoarding because they never come in, take months to come in, or the part orders get canceled by someone in managment whom probably has never seen the parts, they all get thrown out. Then the shop leader wants everything labeled. So get out the labelmaker and type " file cabinet" " coffee maker" "stapler" so anytime anyone comes into the shop, they can see that this new ergonomically correct paper holder is a " file cabinet". The old one got thrown out last year, along with 3 legged chairs which were not safe, then it was the 4 legged chairs are not safe, with 5 legs, throw them out, order new ones with 5 legs and electrostatic discharge safe. This is then repeated for every toolbox, printer,workstation, rack, vidmar, manual, computer etc.etc. We then score a 100% on our lean audit. Then in the next issue of our employee newspaper, we are the role model for all shops to follow as we scored 100. And we saved millions of dollars, gained 1000's of ft of work space, reduced unnecessary walking, reduced millions in unused inventory. If you dare ask them where or how they are going to spend all the millions they saved, you won't get an answer, because the money does not exist, only on paper. Then next time you have to work on a unit you find out all the parts, new, spare, and used, are all thrown out in the dumpster. But we are lean. And this cycle repeats itself. Oh, did i say i work for the DOD us govt.