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 is Lean?

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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.”

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Our Global Network


Lean for Doctors

By: John Toussaint John E. Billi Mark Graban Download article

Failing Forward

I grew up amongst the Batswana, where I would regularly  eat ting ya mabele (a traditional fermented sorghum porridge) at home, and at celebratory and family events. I did not know how to prepare it and given that it’s now something that I cannot access easily in my...

Why Best Practices Fail to Spread

By John S. Toussaint, MD, and Montgomery “Monk” Elmer, MD This is taken from the Catalysis website, with permission from Dr John Toussaint and Dr Montgomery Elmer, the authors: "The spread of “best practices” is important in today’s rapidly evolving health care...

Lean helps save lives in South Africa

FEATURE – Only when we go where the action is, do we begin to truly understand the work. Rose Heathcote joins the Emergency Medical Services in Cape Town for a day. Words: Rose Heathcote, who took part in the ride along while she was CEO of Lean Institute Africa. How...

Taking the lean leap in private healthcare

INTERVIEW – A private healthcare group in South Africa has carefully studied the unique challenges it faces and customized its approach to improvement accordingly, embarking on a lean journey to better patient care. Interviewee: Sharon Vasuthevan, Nursing and Quality...

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