"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." — Arthur Ashe
I am often asked when the best time to start your Lean Journey is. Well, the short answer is now. There is never a convenient or inconvenient time for change.
Sometime, I hear “we are not ready for lean”. This is a rather circular argument, because effectively what the management is saying is that business processes are too bad and therefore it can’t implement improvement. Of course this means that the business will never improve! I have never seen a business where the processes where too bad to start improving.
Many organizations are waiting for the optimum time to change. Unfortunately, tomorrow never comes. If you allow it you will always find another distraction. There is never a better time to start than now. We really must invest everyday in our future since you can't get back lost time.
Don’t spend your time trying to wait till things are perfect. Perfection is elusive. It is more important to get started. And it's better to get something done imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly.