Stop Chasing Squirrels

I have a friend Lynne who loves project management. Like all project managers, she has a system for how she tracks and manages projects. It shows a portfolio of projects with names, descriptions, status indicators, dates, etc. I like to think of it as an organized view of chaos. We talk often about improving project tracking and how we could Read More …

Planting organizational seeds for a sustainable future

I’m in the process of repositioning to a new role within the same company. I’ve done this in the past, but never viewed the transition through a lean lens.  When this happened early in my career, I looked forward to the new job without giving thoughtful consideration to the previous job. Sure, I had documentation and notes I could leave Read More …

Creating culture with remote teams

“What are ways you are building a ‘lean culture’ with remote team members?” I posted this question on Twitter and a LinkedIn group because during the 25 years of my professional career, I’ve seen working from home (telecommuting as we used to call it) go from a special once-per-week privilege to a common status of working from home multiple times Read More …

Creating a metric – value add or mission?

Question: Should metrics on a visual management board or report be something that measures progress on only value-add activities? Or is it OK to track metrics on items that may be essential non-value added, but directly support the mission of the organization? I started wrestling with this question while trying to frame a new metric that at its core supports Read More …