Lean Thinker Challenge #6

By Ron Pereira Updated on November 24th, 2014

Welcome to another edition of the Lean Thinker Challenge!

The Situation

Several members of your team just attended the AME Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

Today is their first day back to work and they’re far more pumped up and enthused than you anticipated.

They attended some incredible workshops and keynotes and have lots of ideas they want to act on.

The Challenge

And, while you’re very excited to see, and feel, their energy you know there’s only so much you can realistically act on in the coming weeks so you want to ensure they don’t attempt to bite off more than they can chew.

What should you do?

  1. L. D. Brown, Jr.

    November 25, 2014 - 7:35 am

    Setup a Meeting to discuss what they have learned and to develop a realistic strategy to incorporate their ideas into the organization’s Hoshin or Strategic Plan.

  2. ryan

    November 25, 2014 - 9:18 am

    Ask them which idea will benefit the customer most.

  3. Graeme

    November 25, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    help them identify some quick wins to keep their enthusiasm and motivation high (the old “low hanging fruit” scenario), whilst working with them to determine which projects will give the best returns for the business.
    Once agreed, I’d work with them using the Toyota Kata approach to help them break the projects down in to several, small target conditions. This would keep the momentum going with them, satisfying both the long term business needs and their personal development.

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