https://doi.org/10.24928/2019/0266

Performance Measurement in Lean Production Systems: An Exploration on Requirements and Taxonomies

Karina B. Barth1, Carlos T. Formoso2 & Marcus P. Sterzi3

1PhD Candidate, Building Innovation Research Unit - NORIE, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, kbertotto@gmail.com
2Professor, Building Innovation Research Unit - NORIE, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, formoso@ufrgs.br
3 MSc, Building Innovation Research Unit - NORIE, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Consultant and Managing Partner at LD Consulting, marcus@ldconsulting.com.br

Abstract

Performance measurement plays an important role in project and business management, as it focuses on the most important aspects of the business, provides real data and guides actions for improvement. It also provides support for the implementation of some Lean Production principles, such as reducing the share of non-value-adding activities (waste), increasing process transparency, building continuous improvement into the process, and benchmarking. Despite its importance, very little has been reported on the development of PM systems that are effective for assessing the impact of lean implementation. In addition, there is a lack of studies on how Lean companies (or projects) use indicators and to what extent these reflect the result of actions that have been undertaken. Therefore, this paper presents preliminary results of a research study that aims to propose a set of requirements for Performance Measurement (PM) Systems from a lean production perspective, and a taxonomy of metrics for lean production systems. It discusses the scope of the performance metrics adopted by five companies from South America involved in the implementation of Lean Production Systems. The scope of this investigation is limited to construction projects as production systems, rather than PM at the level of construction organizations.

Keywords

Performance measurement, lean construction, production management, continuous improvement, kaizen

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Barth, K. B. , Formoso, C. T. & Sterzi, M. P. 2019, 'Performance Measurement in Lean Production Systems: An Exploration on Requirements and Taxonomies' In:, Proc. 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Dublin, Ireland, 3-5 Jul 2019. pp 629-640

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