Stand-ups & Standards & Kaizen Oh My

Odds are good that you’re familiar with the classic 3-question agile standup.  Have you ever wondered what a lean standup might look like?  Because it’s lean it’ll just be faster, right?  That’s what lean is really about, isn’t it?  Maybe we can do it in 2 questions if we’re leaner?  By looking at the standup

Lean Standards

Because it is essential to understanding lean (and I want to refer to this continuously), today we’ll talk about lean standards.  If you’re already thinking that standards aren’t lean (or agile) because they’re rigid, audited for compliance, and defended from change, then you are not familiar with lean standards.   Hello Lean Standards To quickly

Why > Busy

Earlier, we talked about how busyness works against agile & lean.  Today, we’ll look at how to replace busyness with value delivery (the heart of agile & lean). Given that busyness has been framed as the enemy, you may be thinking:  That sounds great, but there are still salaries being paid and clients expect results;

The Prime Waste – Busyness

There is a common feeling that indicates the presence of all 8 wastes. It was best described by my former leader when he summarized what team members were telling him: I’m too busy doing my job, to do my job. By taking a step back, it becomes obvious how constant busyness undermines the business by inviting all 8

Cross-Functional Teams & Production Cells

Prior to lean thinking, Taylorism was the dominant managerial philosophy in industry (and it is still a powerful influence).  Labor efficiency is a pillar of this approach.  To achieve that goal, a common practice was to group together all sets of similar equipment (lathes, drills, presses, etc.).  This allowed the technicians to specialize, allowed for redundancies


Agile enthusiasts rightly praise the agile approach to software development. It puts a high value on humans, it encourages tight client collaboration, delivery of client value, and it makes sure that everyone (client & engineer alike) is working together toward a common goal. When framed in this way you may wonder why anyone would ever