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Last Updated on 2023-08-23 by Kassandra
Have you ever heard of a lean update?
If not and you regularly have meetings, you need to check the rest of this post out!
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What Is Lean Thinking?
If you’re not in project management or software development, you may have never been introduced to agile methodology or lean thinking.
Lean is a way of thinking about creating needed value with fewer resources and less waste. And lean is a practice consisting of continuous experimentation to achieve perfect value with zero waste. Lean thinking and practice occur together.Lean Enterprise Institute
In other words, it’s the processes in place that allow you to do more with less.
While lean thinking is a way to reduce costs, it is not a short term solution.
You must think holistically, focus on a long term approach, and be diligent in your discipline.
And above all?
Understand that iteration is simply a part of the process.
How Do I Start Thinking Lean?
There are so many ways with which to align yourself with lean thinking.
Thus, it can definitely be overwhelming.
You could begin learning agile processes, improving workshop facilitation skills, and growing in your project management skills.
The list is likely never ending.
So I’d like to start by providing this article from Six Sigma on understanding the basics of lean process improvement.
In addition, for this post I will share a single process you can use to save yourself 10 minutes on average for meetings where attendees are sharing progress updates.
But this concept has since been improved through utilizing the idea and putting it into practice.
In the below training, I will cover what I’ve changed and how.
What Can Lean Updates Do For You?
On average, this lean update process has saved at least 10 minutes per week with one of the teams I work with. But that’s not all!
With lean updates, you can:
- foster a culture of sharing
- look back at progress
- create an “at a glance” update
- have stakeholders get a clear view of current initiatives
Just remember – this is new. And it may take time to get used to.
Be patient with yourself and your team.
Seek feedback often and update to what works best for your team’s efficiency.
When you open yourself up for change, it may feel difficult at first. As you iterate & get used to the process, it will become easier in time.
Does this idea of lean updates resonate with you?
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