Are You Hiring Learners? 

PDCA Knowledge

I think about Lean as a knowledge creation model. PDCA provides feedback to justify our hypotheses and increase our knowledge. The rate of change or the speed of the improvement is a key competitive factor in today’s world. PDCA allows for major jumps in performance not through massive breakthroughs but Continue reading Are You Hiring Learners? 

The Kaizen Spirit (PDCA) Card

PDCA or Plan – Do – Check – Act The word “Kaizen,” if you break it down into its two Japanese root words, “kai” means change and “zen” means good. It’s not just about change or an iteration. It’s about making sure change is for the better, and that the change Continue reading The Kaizen Spirit (PDCA) Card

Kata-tize Your Next Conference Attendance

Lean

I have put together a first draft PDF developed for the upcoming Lean People Development Summit. It is in its earliest stages and my hope is for people to share and discuss it on LinkedIn with any suggestions for improvement. I take no ownership of the material, just please properly attribute Continue reading Kata-tize Your Next Conference Attendance

Developing Individual Habits for Kata & Lean Startup Thinking

Practicing Mind

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Will Durant In the book The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life — Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning to Love the Process, author Thomas M. Sterner uses some familiar patterns Continue reading Developing Individual Habits for Kata & Lean Startup Thinking

Toyota Kata a Solution-Focused Approach?

Kata & Solution

IDEO seemingly popularized the Design Thinking or the Solution-Focused type approach in businesses. It dates back much further than that to numerous people like Robert McKim, Nigel Cross and a host of others. A solution-focused approach has always been something that I have used especially in the design thinking approach when Continue reading Toyota Kata a Solution-Focused Approach?