12.22.2006

Lean New Year’s Resolutions

            Some resolutions that might contribute to the success of lean initiatives in the year ahead:



  • I will keep an open mind and not insist on doing something the way we’ve always done it just because that’s the way we’ve always done it.
  • I will adjust my metrics to only measure that which truly adds customer value.
  • I will talk to my customers and not assume I know what they consider to be of value.
  • (For managers:) I will step back and not try to substitute my judgment for the team’s.
  • I will try to learn about lean from other industries, not just my own.
  • I will apply lean to all parts of my enterprise, not just the shop floor.
  • I will work to align strategies, tactics and incentives throughout my enterprise.
  • I will genuinely try to build relationships with my supply chain partners and not just squeeze them for a better deal.
  • I will attend a lean conference to learn from the experience of others.
  • I will read a new book about lean. (OK, we’re a publisher, so that’s a little self-serving. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea.)

Feel free to post a comment adding more resolutions.


            I am on vacation during the week ahead, so my next posting will be after the first of the year. Happy Holidays!

23 comments:

Ralph Bernstein said...

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12/25/2006 7:52:24 PM
Re: Lean New Year’s Resolutions
By: mgraban

I resolve to not blame people. I will ask "why did this happen?" rather than "who did this?"

Ralph Bernstein said...

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1/3/2007 1:55:56 PM
Re: Lean New Year’s Resolutions
By: dcbliss

That's a great list. If we could get all Lean advocates to adopt the same list (and stick to it, rather than thinking we have all the answers), the Lean revolution would greatly benefit. One I would add: "I will listen and learn before I speak."

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