By Jon Miller | Post Date: August 29, 2006 12:01 AM | Comments: 3
Shmula is a blog with a funny sounding name (who am I to talk?) and the occasional gem of a post about Lean. There is an August 28th interview with Mary Poppendick, author of Lean Software Development and Implementing Lean Software Development.
She answered 12 questions from the readers of the Shmula blog. The questions and the content of the answers are quite good. Clocking in at over 4,000 words, it's one of the longer blog entries I've seen. Note to Shmula's Peter Abilla: Next time chop it into 1,000 word bites and serialize it so we can enjoy the goodness for days rather than all in one lump.
Mary Poppendick tackled questions on Lean software and business process improvement, as well as how to apply Lean concepts and tools such as kanban, 5S, heijunka, SMED, big room / open room / obeya, 5 why, TPM, visual workplace, queuing theory and software-specific improvement approaches such as Scrum and Agile.
I particularly like part 7 of the answer to question #8 regarding a roadmap for a successful Lean launch. While qualifying that "there is no roadmap to guarantee Lean success" Mary says:
7. Remove Accommodations: Uncover the rules that made it possible to live with the constraint. Decide what the new rules should be.
I've never quite heard it stated that way. Whether you call them rules, behaviors or attitudes, removing the root cause that allowed you to live with how bad things are (the current condition) is an essential reoccurrence prevention measure and a key step in Lean implementation.