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?
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.
Let me tell you two short stories of two Swedish women in their thirties.
We will follow them both through their interaction with the Swedish healthcare system.
I’m happy to announce that the collection of business transformation essays called LESS!, that I co-authored, is now published.
It is free and you can get it here.
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This is a book of twelve essays written by me and my co-authors who all work in the trenches, building business, coaching leaders and shaping the future. This book contains the following main topics:
- Beyond Budgeting–Changing the way the organization is managed from command and control to an empowered, adaptive and agile model
- Radical Management–Rethink the fundamental assumptions about management
- Strategic Navigation–Use OODA Loops and the ancient Chinese 36 Stratagems to outthink the competition
- Lean–Do more with LESS! resources
- Agile–working software, no pain
- Systems Thinking–An easier, better way to think about organizations
- Complexity Thinking–Radical insights about organizations and management coming from the complexity sciences
The title of my essay is “Standard work in Software development”. In this essay I explore the application of the Lean tool called Standard work in software development. You can find my blog posts on the subject here.
I want to give a special thank you to Henrik Mårtensson for his tireless efforts of editing and making the book ready for publishing. Thank you!
Dan Bergh Johnsson – @danbjson
Bjarte Bogsnes – @bbogsnes
Steve Denning – @stevedenning
Ola Ellnestam – @ellnestam
Håkan Forss – @hakanforss
Henrik Mårtensson – @Kallokain
Karl Scotland – @kjscotland
Ari-Pekka Skarp – @apskarp
James Sutton – @LeanSE