By Treighton Mauldin
“Lean” is a word that makes many people in our industry start to sweat. The word is becoming associated with corporate mandates; long, gut-wrenching meetings; expensive consultants and software; increased staff; and an overall increase in overhead. When I start to hear all of the buzz words thrown around, I can start to understand where the apprehension is coming from. What is unfortunate is that there is a lot of good that comes from “lean,” but it is being misrepresented by people who don’t really understand what it means.