Marketing Experiment: Marketing Your Value Stream

Time and time again, I see companies being held back with an internal perspective of managing a Value Stream. A key point of Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s philosophy was that organizations should be managed as systems of interconnected and interdependent processes. Deming’s flow diagram exemplifies his thinking. However, even in the most common definition of Read More …

Using SOAR at a Macro & Micro Level

The first steps of any Lean process are to identify value and create a current state. When working on the demand side of the equation, why should we identify the process through Non-Value Activities defined as waste (Weaknesses and Threats) versus the Value Added activities of SOAR? I often use SOAR in the initial sequence Read More …

Kata-tize Your Next Conference Attendance

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 the original Toyota Kata work.The Read More …

7 Essential Coaching Questions – Video

If you are a Kata practitioner this material needs to be in your library. I own both the Kindle and Audible versions. I have written about and recommended this book since the outset of this publication, August 2016. If you want ideas of how I utilize this material check out these blog posts, And What Else? – Read More …

Developing Individual Habits for Kata & Lean Startup Thinking

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 to practitioners of  Mike Rother’s Read More …

7 Essential Coaching Questions

Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. He has written a number of books. His latest,  The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever. helps to teach managers how to make coaching part Read More …