Lean thinking is a set of principles and practices that maximize customer value while minimizing waste and reducing time to market. The goal of Lean is sustainably shortest lead time, with best value to people and society. Lean thinking incorporates five major elements: the goal, kaizen (continuous improvement), product development flow, respect for people and Lean-Agile Leadership. Lean Thinking is essential to scaling agile practices to the enterprise level, and is therefore foundational to SAFe.

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