Glossary of Lean Management and Supply Chain Management terms

For mutual understanding: short definitions of important terms from the world of continuous improvement and Supply Chain Management


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Deviation management

Deviation management is the ability to identify when there is a deviation from a standard work process (= disruption) in a timely manner and to eliminate it.

Doctor nurse principle

The operator creating the value (doctor) receives the materials and tools from the logistics provider (nurse), so that his/her primary activity is not interrupted by secondary activities.


The drain is where materials are used. The opposite is source.