Busy Bee Paradox Krakow Meetup

Don’t we all think that we get more done if we stay busy? We feel good and efficient. We may even get a pat on the back or even a promotion.
But is this good for the company? Is it good for our customers? Are we really optimizing for the whole or are we just keeping ourselves busy?

Look below the waterline to understand Lean

Iceberg

The artifacts and behaviors we can easily observe at Lean companies are only the tip of the iceberg. Waste reduction and other Lean practices, principles and tools like A3, kanban, andon and heijunka, are all important parts of Lean but it is only the tip of the iceberg. You need to look below the waterline.

“Toyota’s tools and techniques, the things you see, are built upon invisible routines of thinking and acting, particularly in management, that differ significantly from those found in most companies.”

Mike Rother in Toyota Kata : Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results

If you want grasp and become Lean you need to look below the waterline.

 

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