96 The Lean Life
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I went to a seminar about Lean yesterday. Since I started as the editor of business edition I have visited a couple of Lean seminars and to be honest I mostly get that I don´t get it... I think I understand everything when listening but realise afterwards that I still don´t understand the difference between Lean and other methods to make a business efficient.
But yesterday I did - the lecturer was a swedish doctoral candidate who had spent two years at the Toyota factory in Japan. And finally I got that Lean is putting focus on three thing - flow efficiency, learning and method - traditional is putting focus on efficiency of resources, production results and methods...
The most interesting was when he described how he and a couple of friends had challenged themselves to live according to lean principles for ten dys. That meant that they did three stages of process - proactive (when defining their life at the best and planning according to that) active ( when actually executing thir plan and reactive (evaluate what happened and learning from it to create new startegies) He called the three stages for "looping" - and he had found that he had 70 hours of deviation from plan and then analyzing why and what was need to be done to adjust it.
The fun thing with his reasoning was that he so obviously did not judge the results - he welcomed mistakes or deviations because that was the chance to learn and develop - carachteristic for Lean workj is that you are continously learning, you are never finished.
I got the perspective of working from the definition of me at my best and trying to impersonate that. AND - which is my favourite - to break that ideal into practical actions and routines.
Lean work will create a lean me...
Also I have started the countdown to my birthday - 96 interesting days left to improve!