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Day 71: Think Lean

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 17, 2014

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I’ve taken a couple years off from blogging as I’ve finished my MBA and enhanced training at work. Now I’m back, so I’m starting slow and easy.

There are three words to help you with any process you are working through – STABILIZE, SIMPLIFY AND STANDARDIZE ( in that order). Let’s look at the first.

High variability in any process is the sign of unstable processes. Until that is resolved, no other improvements will stick or truly be effective.

Maybe you’ve heard this story. Poor planning has led to a project that comes across your desk. It is due in a week. It will take two weeks of work to get it done. You drop everything else and work overtime and through the weekend to get it done.

Once it’s done, you might even be congratulated with the team on a job well done. The next week, another urgent project hits your desk because you did such a great job with the last one.

The process is a mess and you are being rewarded for working around the bad process. You are trapped in an endless game with no hope in sight unless someone FIXES THE BAD PROCESS.

Doesn’t that also sound like life? We are constantly rearranging everything for the constant unplanned emergencies – very legitimate ones might I add.

Ants aren’t a strong species, yet they prepare their food in the summer. – Proverbs 30:25

Who knows what tomorrow brings. Ants don’t know, and yet they have a plan. We might actually be able to mitigate some of the “emergencies” if we make a plan for the best and worst case scenarios. The other option is to live a life of constant reactions to the present circumstances.


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