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The authors of this paper challenge the maintenance community with regards to their role and behaviour within a lean transformation journey. They argue that continuous improvement (CI) is integral to successful lean transformation.
However, their experience in the field has led them to believe that maintenance departments and functions are amongst the most difficult groups to engage in CI.
In this paper they offer suggestions as to why that might be the case and lay down the gauntlet for the maintenance community to rise to the challenge that effective improvement presents.
There is also an excellent blog on Continuous Improvement by Prof. Peter Hines.