Oct 13, 2018

Only the challenges in your way matter, the rest are a distraction . . .

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Many of us process improvement types have a strange view of the world. We see everything around us as slow, ineffective, or just plain broken. The world would be a happier place if, and only if, we could just fix everything! It's a pretty glum way of looking at things, but there's a strange beauty to this view nonetheless. It gives us Lean Practitioners the fire to work tirelessly on everything around us and thus perfect our craft. It's a great path to deepen our skills. Truth be told, this was me for a very long time. As the years passed, the wonderful effect of the PDCA cycle yielded a new wisdom. Yes, everything can always be improved. That said, not everything that can be improved is a problem. The missing piece is your overall objective. Once you set an overall objective, only the challenges in your way are problems worth addressing. Everything else, is just a distraction. So, the next time you decide to put on your process improvement gloves, ask yourself, is that problem even your way? What do you think? How do you organize your teams to only solve the problems that matter?

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