Lean strategies are a dynamic way to maximize efficiency. We surveyed the top performing Lean teams to find out what makes them successful.
Today’s post is by Jon Terry, Lean-Agile strategy at Planview and former co-founder of LeanKit.
Lean solutions represent an evolved method of approaching how business is done. It’s all about transparency, about your colleagues taking accountability into their own hands and maximizing efficiency ratings to bring the most value to your customers. At the team level, Lean processes help guide teams and individuals to optimize their efforts, accentuate the positives, and mask the negatives. A focus on analytics and agility in response to market changes are the name of the game.
In 2016, LeanKit set out to establish our first Lean Business Survey in an effort to learn more about how Lean tactics are being applied in knowledge work. Over the course of two years, the survey data has been compiled into the Lean Business Report. Through this report, we hope to tell the story of how the Lean business movement is spreading and transforming some of the world’s most competent and successful organizations, often one team at a time.
As we analyzed this data, one question became the central focus of our journey: What do the best and brightest Lean teams have in common? We were most intrigued by so-called “super performers”, or teams that were exceedingly mature in their integration of Lean techniques. With these insights in mind, we want to share with you some of the top lessons learned from high-performing Lean teams.