Standardized lean maturity model

Lean management: For a standardised maturity model and measurability

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The lean maturity model is a tool that helps companies to assess the maturity of their lean practices and processes. Measurability plays an essential role here. Lean management serves as a benchmark to identify progress towards lean excellence and potential for improvement. The model is usually based on a series of criteria and indicators that measure the degree of implementation and effectiveness of lean principles and methods in various areas of the organisation. In logistics in particular, processes are continuously optimised to ensure both efficiency and sustainability. Fraunhofer IML is currently conducting research in collaboration with industrial companies to develop a standardised maturity model for lean management.


The aim of the lean maturity model is to help companies recognise their current status in terms of lean management and take targeted steps towards further optimisation and development. The integration of sustainability aspects into logistics processes is also taken into account. The aim is to minimise waste, use resources more efficiently and implement more environmentally friendly practices. By applying the maturity model, companies can evaluate their lean practices and take targeted measures for optimisation and sustainability in order to promote the development of a lean culture within the company. By applying the maturity model, organisations can identify their strengths and weaknesses, adopt best practices and manage their lean initiatives more effectively.


By working closely with companies from various industries, Fraunhofer IML is able to achieve practice-orientated results with great added value for the promotion of a sustainable lean culture in logistics. The research aims to make logistics processes not only more efficient but also more sustainable and to create a standardised basis for the further development of lean practices.