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The following training assumes that you have already previewed the training for a typical lean journey for lean transformation
If you haven't already read that yet, then we suggest that you review it now before you continue.
Road map for a typical
Where to begin your lean journey depends on:
If your boss's CI skill level is higher than yours
Do whatever your Coach guides you to do.
He or she will appreciate it when you also do independent learning, and maybe bring some new ideas, tools, and methods to creatively apply never-changing lean principles to the ever-changing unique challenges that you and your Coach overcome together.
You and your Coach can be like a roller derby team — whipsawing each other to be faster and stronger than you could ever be alone.
If your CI skill level is higher than your boss
Then there is one path to follow that can lead to 3 possible outcomes.
One path to follow
Approach every challenge as a scientific experiment
Tactfully, patiently, respectfully...
request your boss to schedule a daily coaching session with you, and 'next step' coaching sessions as needed
Three possible outcomes
If neither you or your boss have much experience
Option 1) Hire a consultant
Convince your boss (and maybe your boss's boss) to hire a consultant.
Option 2) Start using a few simple tools & methods
and then study, study, study, and practice, practice, practice
and in a few short months, your skill level will no longer be that of a novice.
If you are the top level executive
Choose your consultant
The place for you to start is to choose your consultant:
If you are already an accomplished experienced lean guru, then you already know that (no matter how good you are)
every sensei needs a sensei, and you already have one.
If you don't, then you need to hire one.
If you suspect that you might be outgrowing your current advisor, then it might be time to start your search for a better one — to lead you through the next phase of your lean journey.
Contact us to request a referral to a consultant who owns, uses, and is competent to help you become competent using your Systems2win templates.
Start your Lean Journey
And then your next step is to start your Lean Journey.
How to Get Started the Right Way
An excellent approach to starting your Lean Management System is to establish an Advance Group as instructed in Mike Rother's book, Toyota Kata, Chapter 9: Developing Improvement Kata Behavior in Your Organization.
And his website expands the instruction even further in the discussions about Scouts, Slices, and the Rotation Model in the chapter titled Roles and Structure for Daily Practice in the Toyota Kata Handbook
This requires enthusiastic commitment of top-level executives.
If you don't have that, then you will need to use one of the other Lean Journey Success Paths prescribed above.
Also see more suggested readings for Lean Management