Win the War Not the Battle a Pocket Guide to Lean
The title of this page comes from a note that I made during a recent lecture I attended by Allan Shalloway at the Puget Sound PMI. The four main tenants of Lean Project Management, according to Shalloway are:
- Focus on Systems to reduce errors
- Work to the team capacity
- Limit work in progress
- Be concerned with Time and not resource utilisation
It is the fourth item in this list which has gotten me thinking. The expansion of the bullet point goes on to explain that you should be concerned with the time for the whole process, not the time it takes to do individuals tasks. The problems occur not within processes (work activities) but between, before, and after the activities – the ‘production’ line.
As a manager of projects I am often worried about whether my team is spending their time productively on their assigned tasks. This notelet is a reminder to myself that I need to take more conscious time to evaluate the whole process from a wider perspective.