It has been a while since I've posted in this space. The inactivity is not because there's a problem or that I'm not learning anything about Lean.
Rather, I have not been able to put a mental handle on just what I have been Learning About Lean. And with nothing clear-headed to say, I chose to simply say nothing.
There are a lot of great sources out there to discuss the tools and methods of Lean. We've now been implementing these tools for 6+ years in my current role and it has been and continues to be a blast. I don't see much reason now to try to add to those who are way better than me in describing tools.
Yet, Lean is more than tools...it represents a way of thinking, a way of viewing the often-chaotic world of business. Ultimately, it is about the actions one chooses to take in a variety of situations. Do the actions make sense? Are they reasonably consistent over time? Does the leader demonstrate those actions clearly for those with whom he/she works?
In short, a lot of Lean is about behavior.
I've been observing more closely those behaviors over the past year or so. Yet, only recently have I sensed a framework for describing what I see, behaviorally.
So I'll be writing about these observations in this space. As it has been in the history of this blog, the writing is a work-in-progress, a way I try to explain to myself just what I am sensing. If you enjoy coming along for the ride, so much the better.
Keep on learning.