Lean Institute Africa

Purpose | Process | People

Lean Transformation requires learning a new way of thinking and acting by addressing key questions of Purpose, Process and People.

Align PURPOSE, PROCESS and PEOPLE whilst nurturing a learning culture.

Get the competitive edge through a relentless focus on customer value and working smarter.

Enrich your learning, balance your work-life and transform the organisation.

Forge a new way of thinking and acting.

What we Do


Advance your knowledge and application.

Our programmes and workshops are certified by the Lean Institute Africa . . .


Support to your improvement journey.

Need sound advice from experienced strategic and implementation advisors . . .


Join our community.

To encourage the African lean community to advance their lean thinking and practice . . .


The Lean Institute Africa is a non-profit company promoting lean thinking in sub-Saharan Africa. We are a proud member of the Lean Global Network comprising more than 30 institutes globally.  Founded by Jim Womack and Dan Jones, the network is a community of thought-leaders and practitioners with the goal of making things better

Our vision is to contribute to better organisational outcomes and quality of life by advancing Lean Thinking and Practice in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

We aim to achieve our vision by building the community of lean practitioners through co-learning partnerships, action research and knowledge sharing.


Global Institutes



Dr. Jim Womack

Dr. Jim Womack

Founder and Advisor of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) Inc.



Founder and Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy United Kingdom.

Emeritus Prof. Norman Faull

Emeritus Prof. Norman Faull

Founder and Chairman of the Lean Institute Africa.

client Feedback

“The idea that I can try and improve my own work processes, reduce waste and keep my work area well managed, clean and organised.”

client Feedback

“The simplicity and clear manner in which the workshop was presented. The facilitator conveyed the message and principles of lean in a manner in which any lean ‘beginner’ can understand.”

client Feedback

“The way in which we should go about adding value and problem solving. To be active about it – “Go see”. Be open minded and how to apply ways to benefit a system.”

Head Office

+27 21 406 1477

Graduate School of Business
UCT Breakwater Lodge
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town

Our Global Network


Is Lean an outcome…or what you do?

For a while I have been thinking about the possible impact of using the name Lean to describe the activities or programme to transform an organisation into the new way of working and thinking. It felt serendipitous then, that shortly after pondering this I came across...

Magical Thinking

Try telling a friend you have come across some ‘magical thinking’? What reaction might you get? Will they ask, ‘You mean like in mushrooms?’ or ‘As in Elon Musk or Richard Branson?’ I first heard the term in a very different context, used by someone who was once...

Whimsical Reflections Lean Summit Africa 2018

Some say that insight comes when we remember something valuable after forgetting what we were taught. What value has come back to you after forgetting the ‘gems’ of the Summit of four months ago? Not trusting my memory, I have rummaged through my notes, and the slides...

The Story that Graphs (don’t) Tell

A recurring bone of contention between different schools of thought about performance measurement in the improvement world is the debate about quantitative versus qualitative analysis. Mark Graban’s recent book Measures of Success is an example...

Why We Believe People-Free Plants and Services Prevent Learning

Rose Heathcote, Lean Institute Africa CEO, contributed to this piece by the 'Lean Sensei Women' published on the Lean Post. "In our new Digital era, some dream of people-free production lines. First because machines are expected to do repetitive and complex tasks in a...

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