Read MBB Janka Coppens' Lean insights to inspire you this week.
1. What is Lean to you?
Lean provides a philosophy and methodology that guides an organization towards a problem solving culture. Lean enables individuals to lead and coach in a manner that helps employees reach their potential, teaching them how to challenge paradigms and empowering them to make a difference.
2. What impact has lean had on your workplace, in your life?
In general, Lean has changed the lens in which I view the world as I find I am always seeing waste and looking for a better way. In the workplace, Lean has filled the gap that my natural ADD personality has left, as I am in a role where I continuously work with different groups and processes, constantly learning and developing.
I find sometimes it’s the little things that are significant. A fair bit of time and resourcing had been dedicated to helping a group set up visual management boards. The lead team was going on a monthly boardwalk to review all eight boards spread across five departments. On the first such tour a surprise awaited us on one of the boards - on the right hand corner someone scribbled down a beautiful 5 why analysis. We never found out who did it, but I must admit I almost had a tear in my eye!