I work for a large company that began the Lean journey 7 years ago. I often refer to our group as "Lean Toddlers" we take some steps forward then occasionally fall on our backsides.
Our Engineering group is not very interested in learning or applying Lean thinking. With a little (not enough) pressure from above they have assigned a Lean Leader but nothing is done. Their rally cry is that they can find no one who is affectively applying real Lean engineering. Except for Boeing, which we have not visited (because they are so disimilar to us, another good excuse) I have seen no group really making progress.
We make our own equipment for a unique industry. Does anyone know of a company out there applying lean thinking to their equipment design. DFMA is a start but the application of a good effort is relative to the FMEA facilitators lean knowledge.
I'm so tired of seeing million dollar pieces of equipment that work slower and require more maintenance than just placing a few folks on a manual line. Frustrated but always hopeful!