Much has been written about 'Lean', and what a 'lean' organisation looks like. 'Lean' quite simply means creating more value with fewer resources. A popular misconception is that 'lean' only applies to manufacturing industries, but in fact it can be applied to any business process, including within service industries. Clearly it it is a concept that should be concentrating the minds of Government and Local Government in these austere times, though whether an intelligent and disciplined approach is being made to the cost cutting we're now seeing, or whether its more of a 'slash and burn' approach I'm not too sure. Perhaps this will become clearer when the spending review is completed this Autumn. While we wait for this, and for anyone still confused as to what 'Lean' actually means, I can recommend this presentation from Caludio Perrone. the best I've seen in explaining a simple concept in simple terms.