Fundamental Assumptions

A rich man wants to build an elaborate house some new property he just purchased on the beach.  He contacts a builder, shows him the design, and wants it done post haste.  The builder agrees, collaborates with the owner over several meetings, and together they develop a timeline to get the job done and meet the owners time demands.  Continue reading

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What is Lean – Minimize or Maximize?

The Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma, and Lean Group on LinkedIn posed the question “What is Lean?” a couple of months ago, requesting responses in just three words. Now, several people who responded would fall into the “does not follow instructions” category, but the answers were very enlightening and wide ranging.  In some ways it is a bit concerning, the fact that members of a group such as this have such varied opinions, but it’s really not surprising. Continue reading