A lean programme transformation (LPT) uses the lean principles of value, flow, pull, standardization and associated lean problem solving tools to increase the programme success rate. The cornerstone is learning how to tackle uncertainty and solve business problems with a PDCA cycle based on A3-thinking and visualisation for tangible business improvements.
Key ingredients of the Lean – Agile transformation are:
• Shorter lead times: Much of the overrun of a project is incurred at the beginning. LPT helps to address the following causes in this area: overly detailed analysis, lack of availability of experts, long decision cycles.
• Less loopbacks: Loopbacks are points in the project where there is a failure because of an unchecked assumption in the start of the project. Typical loopbacks include integration problems, building the wrong solution, de-scoping late in the project. Loopbacks are a major cause of project delay, overrun, quality problems and ultimately failure.
• Increased learning: LTP aims to remove the obstacles that the project encounters due to a lack of opportunity for learning and taking lessons learned into account in the project. It includes lack of cross project learning (solving the same problems in multiple projects), hand-overs, not taking into account the lessons learned of previous projects.
• Improved leadership: Projects fail because of a lack of leadership – a lack of balance in the decision making, not managing issues to closure, disconnect between authority and knowledge to make decisions.