I remember thinking that engineering design was my passion, and that my career path was set. Little did I know that those two simple words – Lean Flow -would impact my life so much. How could the understanding of these simple concepts have such a powerful result in organizations and in peoples lives?
By simply keeping things moving; i.e. flowing, tasks took less time and resources. The freed up time, materials, etc. was a great opportunity – Imagine how much MORE could be done!
Three things I learned:
1.) Look around – great examples can be found in nature!
- A flowing stream – inspirational in the way it delivers water
- They are moving, just as my tasks should be.
- When things stop (waiting, traffic, approvals, errors) the valuable delivery in our lives also stop – my time is WASTED!
- Constant, continuous delivery doesn’t overload, but delivers the needed quantity
2.) Our previous thinking sometimes heads us in the opposite direction!
- What I learned is to do things in quantity – supposedly saving time.
- The opposite is true
- A little done often will outperform large batches (i.e. think about cleaning the house a little each day rather than having an overwhelming job once a week)
- Quantity is in our upbringing, and hard to overcome.
- Once I think like this, the barriers to “Lean Flow” can be overcome with some creativity.
3,) Simplicity gets results!
- If the methods are complicated, the chances of it being effective and having long-term effect are minimal.
- Simple concepts are easy to train others.
- Simplicity leaves much freedom to the individual, since it is not overburdened with rules. Creativity can reign!
Lean Flow has as one of its primary principles the concept of “Flowing”. Sure, there are many other concepts, but this one in particular is key and also gets frequent push-back. It’s probably not what we learned. It’s probably not how we’ve done it in the past. It is an opportunity to move forward and Liberate Time and Resources in what we do today, so that they can be redeployed toward our goals of the future! That’s why these two words, “Lean Flow” transformed my career years ago from creating and designing products, to creating success through the waste eliminated in work and home tasks!
Question: What areas of your life do you find “not flowing” that have lots of wasted delays, waiting, or overwhelming time commitment? –
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- Lead time: Flow (12 min) vs. Batch (30 min) chart
- Inspire – Beautiful stream and waterfall
- Cartoon: making a lot of “dough”