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Lean
August 27, 2014

3 reasons Lean does team and project work better

Two-way communication. Silo-busting. Collaboration. How to work effectively as a team and the value of teamwork have received some heavy treatment in business literature over the last few decades. Maybe you’ve read books and blogs on the subject, or watched TED Talks and taken part in teambuilding events as organizations have embraced new approaches to effective teamwork. It’s perhaps no surprise then to...

 
Lean
April 22, 2014

Applying Lean to data quality drives value

Over the past year, we have been busy applying Lean principles to yet another domain: data quality. While few would question the value of timely and accurate data, it’s equally important to consider the cost of inaccurate data. Here are three ways Lean can be applied to data quality and why it matters.

1. Makes data better and better.
Virtually every interaction leaves a trail of data....

 
Lean
April 15, 2014

3 ways leaders can help sustain a Lean culture

It’s now year four of the Lean journey at First West. I remember the excitement and buzz in the first year of Lean, when everyone saw the possibilities it held. But as often happens with any shiny new object, Lean became part of the norm in its second year at First West, so we focused on delivering results by training our teams and creating process improvements. In year three, significant emphasis was on equipping...

 
Lean
April 15, 2014

3 ways leaders can help sustain a Lean culture

It’s now year four of the Lean journey at First West. I remember the excitement and buzz in the first year of Lean, when everyone saw the possibilities it held. But as often happens with any shiny new object, Lean became part of the norm in its second year at First West, so we focused on delivering results by training our teams and creating process improvements. In year three, significant emphasis was on equipping...

 
Lean
March 25, 2013

3 tips for making things fresh for employees on the Lean journey

There’s something innately enticing about starting something new. Consider the current infatuation with start-ups. Why are they so captivating, able to draw top talent into their leadership line-ups?  It usually isn’t financial reward (at least not immediately), a corner office downtown, or a guaranteed retirement income. Start-ups offer something that’s far more fulfilling: the...

 
Lean
February 6, 2013

Top 3 misconceptions about Lean you should know

It’s human nature to wrestle with change. The mere existence of the concept of “change management” tells you that change is not easy. A large part of that is uncertainty—we don’t know how a change will affect us. When it comes to organizational change such as introducing major philosophical and operational approaches such as Lean, that uncertainty can lead to assumption and misperception....