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the lean influencer’s mantra
influencing the understanding of lean adopters’ philosophy, forces & dynamics

(c) INFLUENCE Contact: Siraj@influencecorp.com (202-415-2138)
today

✤   today’s goal = influence the
    team’s appreciation of the
    philosophy, forces and
    dynamics of lean adoption

✤   philosophy of lean process
    improvement.

✤   forces influencing lean process
    improvement.

✤   dynamics influencing the
    success of the initiative.
mantra

✤   what is the “mantra” for the
    Lean Influencing team?

✤   mantra = man + tra = “mind” +
    “liberation“ and “this moment
    here and now”.

✤   the Lean Influencing team
    wants to be there a moment
    before the entire organization.

✤   in fact, every moment is an
    opportunity to succeed or fail
introduction
SIRAJ - process improvement influencer, observer and student
Intro to Siraj

✤   19 years experience with
    process improvement
    consulting and coaching.

✤   excellent track record of
    coaching leaders and teams on
    process improvement (Kanban,
    Agile, Scrum, CMMI, SOX)

✤   broad and deep (varied
    domain / functional)
    experience.
elemica
lean coach - product development
shoretel
lean agile coach - business and technology initiatives
winn dixie
process coach for business and technology initiatives
winn dixie
agile coach for pmo - business and technology initiatives
Hakuna Matata
Process and Team Coach
philosophy
the philosophy of agile adoption
respect

✤   all process improvement styles
    and techniques are about
    respect for humanity.

✤   and

✤   respect for the forces.

✤   and

✤   respect for team dynamics.
dynamics
team dynamics that enable success of the process improvement initiative
continuous

✤   nature’s own continuous
    improvement is our guide.

✤   it is almost as if continuously
    improving processes is the only
    aim of process improvement.

✤   every day is a new day for
    process improvement.

✤   it is the journey and the
    destination.
clean slate


✤   the no-baggage policy of the
    agile influencer

✤   clean slate adds to the
    commitment to each team
    member and creates the
    emotional heartbeat of the
    team.
flexibility

✤   rigidity is the enemy!!

✤   create a team that can have
    learning conversations, share
    differences, withstand stress

✤   and yet unite and move
    forward

✤   authentically!!
visibility


✤   the processes that become
    visible provide best candidates
    for process improvement.

✤   agile influencers strive to
    provide visibility of their own
    processes to set the tone for
    visibility for the organization.
trust ...but
verify



✤   In GOD we trust, every one
    else bring data!
craftsmanship
courage

✤   courage (plus grace)

✤   allows the influencers to face
    facts, realize concerns, develop
    solutions.

✤   influencers need courage in
    their heart, mind and soul

✤   to be courageous and yet
    caring.
grace
emphasis
swarming
celebrate
answers



✤   always lie with the team.

✤   when in doubt “ask the team”.
recognition
reality
anomalies

✤   anomalies test the boundaries
    of comfort for the organization.

✤   they stretch the organization’s
    limits for process improvement
    one day, one team, one
    individual at a time.

✤   they are also pioneers

✤   and

✤   nomads!
nomads
pioneers
supplication



✤   the agile influencer reaches out
    to a greater source of energy

✤   plugs in to the larger self

✤   offers supplication
atrophy
forces
forces to respect before, during and after the process improvement initiative
context

✤   knowing the context helps

✤   economy, industry,
    competitors, divisions,
    finances, strategy, influence

✤   culture is context.

✤   the team is a subset of the
    context.

✤   context, context, context.
uniqueness

✤   every leader and team and
    their process improvement
    opportunity is unique.

✤   the challenge is to recognize
    this uniqueness

✤   enjoy the moment before
    starting process improvement

✤   you will never be the same
    again
contradictions

✤   process improvement
    initiatives explore the
    contradictions that make the
    organization a living organism.

✤   contradictions are neither good
    nor bad.

✤   they are just present.

✤   contradictions provide
    “leverage” for process
    improvement initiatives.
leverage

✤   The leverage exists within this
    uniqueness.

✤   finding this leverage is the
    challenge.

✤   the agile influencer’s mantra
    provides deep insight.

✤   but you still have to find it in
    your unique context.
mystery
delay


✤   delay exists naturally in every
    context.

✤   actions / events of today have
    long term consequences.

✤   sustainability requires attention
    to delay.
feedback
balance

✤   the context seeks natural
    balance and a shared vision.

✤   always!

✤   equilibrium triumphs over all
    change initiatives.

✤   “agile” is a disruption of this
    natural equilibrium unless
    agile also seeks true balance.
heartbeat


✤   the living organism that is your
    organization, has a natural
    heartbeat and a natural pulse.

✤   recognizing this cadence is
    essential for the agile
    influencer.
consequences
learning
safety

✤   safety provides the net for
    leaders, followers and teams to
    explore process improvement.

✤   the level of safety in an
    organization is the ceiling level
    of process improvement.

✤   especially for the agile
    influencer
the influencer’s mantra
applying the lean influencer’s mantra
Gratitude
Thank You and Best of Luck

Siraj@sirajuddin.com / 202-415-2138

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The Lean Influencer's Mantra

  • 1. the lean influencer’s mantra influencing the understanding of lean adopters’ philosophy, forces & dynamics (c) INFLUENCE Contact: Siraj@influencecorp.com (202-415-2138)
  • 2. today ✤ today’s goal = influence the team’s appreciation of the philosophy, forces and dynamics of lean adoption ✤ philosophy of lean process improvement. ✤ forces influencing lean process improvement. ✤ dynamics influencing the success of the initiative.
  • 3. mantra ✤ what is the “mantra” for the Lean Influencing team? ✤ mantra = man + tra = “mind” + “liberation“ and “this moment here and now”. ✤ the Lean Influencing team wants to be there a moment before the entire organization. ✤ in fact, every moment is an opportunity to succeed or fail
  • 4. introduction SIRAJ - process improvement influencer, observer and student
  • 5. Intro to Siraj ✤ 19 years experience with process improvement consulting and coaching. ✤ excellent track record of coaching leaders and teams on process improvement (Kanban, Agile, Scrum, CMMI, SOX) ✤ broad and deep (varied domain / functional) experience.
  • 6. elemica lean coach - product development
  • 7. shoretel lean agile coach - business and technology initiatives
  • 8. winn dixie process coach for business and technology initiatives
  • 9. winn dixie agile coach for pmo - business and technology initiatives
  • 12. respect ✤ all process improvement styles and techniques are about respect for humanity. ✤ and ✤ respect for the forces. ✤ and ✤ respect for team dynamics.
  • 13. dynamics team dynamics that enable success of the process improvement initiative
  • 14. continuous ✤ nature’s own continuous improvement is our guide. ✤ it is almost as if continuously improving processes is the only aim of process improvement. ✤ every day is a new day for process improvement. ✤ it is the journey and the destination.
  • 15. clean slate ✤ the no-baggage policy of the agile influencer ✤ clean slate adds to the commitment to each team member and creates the emotional heartbeat of the team.
  • 16. flexibility ✤ rigidity is the enemy!! ✤ create a team that can have learning conversations, share differences, withstand stress ✤ and yet unite and move forward ✤ authentically!!
  • 17. visibility ✤ the processes that become visible provide best candidates for process improvement. ✤ agile influencers strive to provide visibility of their own processes to set the tone for visibility for the organization.
  • 18. trust ...but verify ✤ In GOD we trust, every one else bring data!
  • 20. courage ✤ courage (plus grace) ✤ allows the influencers to face facts, realize concerns, develop solutions. ✤ influencers need courage in their heart, mind and soul ✤ to be courageous and yet caring.
  • 21. grace
  • 25. answers ✤ always lie with the team. ✤ when in doubt “ask the team”.
  • 28. anomalies ✤ anomalies test the boundaries of comfort for the organization. ✤ they stretch the organization’s limits for process improvement one day, one team, one individual at a time. ✤ they are also pioneers ✤ and ✤ nomads!
  • 31. supplication ✤ the agile influencer reaches out to a greater source of energy ✤ plugs in to the larger self ✤ offers supplication
  • 33. forces forces to respect before, during and after the process improvement initiative
  • 34. context ✤ knowing the context helps ✤ economy, industry, competitors, divisions, finances, strategy, influence ✤ culture is context. ✤ the team is a subset of the context. ✤ context, context, context.
  • 35. uniqueness ✤ every leader and team and their process improvement opportunity is unique. ✤ the challenge is to recognize this uniqueness ✤ enjoy the moment before starting process improvement ✤ you will never be the same again
  • 36. contradictions ✤ process improvement initiatives explore the contradictions that make the organization a living organism. ✤ contradictions are neither good nor bad. ✤ they are just present. ✤ contradictions provide “leverage” for process improvement initiatives.
  • 37. leverage ✤ The leverage exists within this uniqueness. ✤ finding this leverage is the challenge. ✤ the agile influencer’s mantra provides deep insight. ✤ but you still have to find it in your unique context.
  • 39. delay ✤ delay exists naturally in every context. ✤ actions / events of today have long term consequences. ✤ sustainability requires attention to delay.
  • 41. balance ✤ the context seeks natural balance and a shared vision. ✤ always! ✤ equilibrium triumphs over all change initiatives. ✤ “agile” is a disruption of this natural equilibrium unless agile also seeks true balance.
  • 42. heartbeat ✤ the living organism that is your organization, has a natural heartbeat and a natural pulse. ✤ recognizing this cadence is essential for the agile influencer.
  • 45. safety ✤ safety provides the net for leaders, followers and teams to explore process improvement. ✤ the level of safety in an organization is the ceiling level of process improvement. ✤ especially for the agile influencer
  • 46. the influencer’s mantra applying the lean influencer’s mantra
  • 47. Gratitude Thank You and Best of Luck Siraj@sirajuddin.com / 202-415-2138