By Jon Miller | Post Date: June 12, 2006 6:13 AM | Comments: 8
I’ve written from time to time about the relationship between kaizen, Lean process and innovation in this blog. Innovation is the hot thing at the moment as the United States struggles to cope with what appears to be the increasing irrelevance of its manufacturing sector. Making things is out while thinking of things to make is in, it seems
The creative tends to resist confinement to process. Maverick marketing consultant Seth Godin asks innovators the very good question Why are you afraid of process?
Marissa Mayer is bringing process to innovation at Google. Keeping idea pitches to ten minutes each is one example of rigorous and time-based management. Another is her list of 9 Notions of Innovation.
Gerry Robideau of Gemba asked our team last week “How many Lean concepts can you see in Google’s approach to innovation?” He spotted these 9 Notions of Innovation in the June 19, 2006 issue of BuinessWeek:
Ideas come from everywhere
Share everything you can
You're brilliant, we're hiring
A license to pursue dreams
Innovation, not instant perfection
Don't politic, use data
Creativity loves restraint
Worry about usage and users, not money
Don't kill projects -- morph them
So I post he same question to you. Do you see examples of process thinking, kaizen, or Lean principles in the 9 Notions of Innovation from Google? Do you see the opposite of Lean in any of these? We’ll send a free KaizenBrain (Gemba version) to the first five people who post responses to this question, addressing how each of the 9 Notions is Lean or not. Gemba employees excluded. Void where prohibited.Comments are moderated to filter spam and inappropriate content. There may be a delay before your comment is published.