1st Edition

The BASICS Lean™ Implementation Model Lean Tools to Drive Daily Innovation and Increased Profitability

    259 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    259 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    259 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    In 2004 Charlie Protzman created The BASICS Lean Implementation Model, which covers the full spectrum of what is needed to be effective and successful at implementing a Lean System. The reader is taken through a step by step approach developed over the last 15 years, in the use and understanding of Lean tools, principles, and processes. The authors break down Lean concepts to their simplest terms to make everything as clear as possible for Lean practitioners.

    You will learn an integrated, structured, problem-solving approach identified by the acronym BASICS (Baseline, Analyze, Suggest Solutions, Implement, Check and Sustain). This methodology is combined with a proven business strategy to help ensure a successful and sustainable transformation of any organization. The BASICS approach produces "real" bottom line savings with 20% to 50% or more increases in productivity when compared to pure batching environments.

    As those who have read the book will tell you, this is not a theory book… but rather a book you can return to over and over again for reference, throughout your Lean journey.

    1. The BASICS Model Overview

    2. The BASICS Model: Baseline (B)

    3. BASICS Model: Assess/Analyze (A)

    4. BASICS Model: Suggest Solutions (S)

    5. BASICS Model: Implementation (I)

    6. BASICS Model: Check (C)

    7. BASICS Model: Sustain (S)


    Charlie Protzman spent over 13 years with AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) and has a total of 32 years experience in Materials and Operations Management. The first Lean Master and a Strategic Operations Manager for AlliedSignal, he received several special recognition and cost reduction awards. Charlie was an external consultant for the Maryland World Class Consortium and a contributor to the resulting World Class Guidelines. He assisted the Consortium in the first three World Class company assessments.

    Charlie, as the CEO of BIG, spent the last eighteen years implementing successful lean product, and administrative implementations and World Class Kaizen events across the U.S. in all types of industries. He has taught Lean Thinking principles to students from all over the World.

    Charlie is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Charles W. Protzman, Sr. who, as part of the CCS, under the direction of Macarthur, in 1948 surveyed over 70 Japanese companies and in 1949, taught CEO's of over 50 prominent Japanese telecommunications companies an eight week course in American Management Techniques which paved the way for Deming’s visit in 1950.

    Charlie has a BA and MBA from Loyola College in Maryland and is a member of SME, SAE, Association for Psychological Type (APT) and past member of APICS, AME Champions Club and NAPM organizations.

    Thought Provoking

    This is a "must read book" for all leaders and Lean practitioners that would like to  learn more about the successful implementation of the Lean Management system.  The author provides a practical, clear, and simple way to understand the concepts and principles that could be applied in any business field.

    Gerry Velasco

    VP, Process Excellence Leader

    Liberty Mutual Insurance


    "Whether you consider yourself an experienced Lean practitioner, or someone who is just cutting their Lean teeth, The BASICS Lean Implementation Model should be required reading. Lean excellence requires having a broad system perspective, while also excelling in the nuts and bolts details of process improvement. Figuring out exactly how to do this is extremely difficult; however, the authors provide a rigorous implementation model which clearly lays out the steps necessary for success. This book is filled with a multitude of Lean tools and techniques, not randomly located with only a cursory review, but rather presented at the appropriate implementation step, in the most effective sequence, and covered in a detailed manner which enables immediate use. Each BASICS step and associated tools are supported by real examples. This is not a book of theory. It is a book based on decades of real experience and success. Regardless of your current Lean knowledge and experience, and whether in a manufacturing, healthcare, or service organization, this book should be read, studied, and utilized as a guide for Lean excellence."

    David Rizzardo

    Associate Director

    The Maryland World Class Consortia