Friday, August 13, 2010

The Behaviors of Lean

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 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.