An interesting, ironic parallel in using Lean to improve a Lean course

May 13, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
The most impressive thing to me in "The Toyota Way" was the telling of how the first Lexus engineering team was able to create such a great car. The problem with a performance luxury car is it has to be quiet, comfortable, fast & have great handling. Lexus was also committed to making it environmentally friendly. These conditions are in conflict with each other: high performance causes noise, noise requires insulation, insulation makes the car heavier making it use more gas. The solution> Focus on the core problem-engine noise. The rest is history.
 
We do a lot of program level work & common challenges are:
not being able to write small stories, opening too many stories to start, unclear requirements, testing lagging design/code, and some others. Current industry solution is "teach a simple framework & have ppl figure how to solve these." Lean would tell us - go to root cause - ppl not knowing how to to Agile analysis. But adding more time to training is expensive.
 
Solution? Blend large classroom team training with ATDD workshop that's half coaching. Design the large classroom to be mostly simulations & team interactions. Result? More training, more people learning together lower cost.
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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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