When Lean Thinking is Not Enough!

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I used the outline in the book Think Better to deliver a presentation on looking at productive type thinking versus what the author called re-productive or continuous improvement.

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  • The left side of the 11 x 17 page identifies your problems and sets your targets. The right side handles the problem-solving process, developing countermeasures, and standardizing the work. I look at the A3 as a mini PDCA project with the left side of the page being the Plan and the right side, the DO, Check, Act.
     
    At the end of the A3, you standardize the process for future use. It becomes a document that can help you improve similar projects or problems at a later date.
  • When Lean Thinking is Not Enough!

    1. 1. When Lean Thinking is Not Enough! Based on the book Think Better by Tim Hurson
    2. 2. Lean Thinking is Reproductive Old way of Thinking  Perceive a Problem  Pick a Solution  Do Something
    3. 3. Team: Date: Title/Theme: Background/Definition: Current Conditions: Target: Determine Cause/Analysis:     Countermeasures: Implementation: Follow-up: Plan Do Check Act A3 Lean Thinking
    4. 4. Lean Thinking is Reproductive Kaizen has limits:  Incremental improvements produce learned thoughts  Will achieve predictable results  Viewed from sum of parts (Breakdown Problem)
    5. 5. Lean Thinking needs Productive Tenkaizen is needed:  Means good revolution  Rather than reproduce old, produces new  Coping with change and creating change
    6. 6. Productive Thinking Overarching Principle:  Creative Thinking separate from Critical Thinking
    7. 7. Productive Thinking Creative Thinking:  Generative  Non – Judgemental  Expansive
    8. 8. Productive Thinking Critical Thinking:  Analytical  Judgemental  Selective
    9. 9. Need Both Types of Thinking Reproductive Thinking:  Valuable when Consequences of failure are high. Productive Thinking:  Valuable when Consequences of failure are low
    10. 10. Successful Productive Thinking Requires you to stay in the Question:  Okay w Ambiguous  Okay with Uncertainty  Okay with not Knowing
    11. 11. Productive Thinking Model  What’s going on?  What’s success  What’s the question?  Generate Answers  Forge the Solution  Align resources
    12. 12. Theory: What’s going on?
    13. 13. Theory: What’s success?
    14. 14. Theory: What’s the question?
    15. 15. Theory: Generate Answers
    16. 16. Theory: Forge the Solution
    17. 17. Theory: Align resources
    18. 18. Productive Thinking Model  What’s going on?  What’s success  What’s the question?  Generate Answers  Forge the Solution  Align resources “All models are wrong. Some are useful!” - George Box
    19. 19. Thinking Better Based on the book Think Better by Tim Hurson
    20. 20. Visit the Business901 Website Our Mission is to bring Continuous Improvement to Sales and Marketing. Lean Marketing House Marketing with PDCA Marketing with A3 Lean Engagement Team

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