Today, I want to bring to your attention a problem that many organizations and people have: “quantum leaps.” You surely have heard it often that people said “This is a quantum leap!” or “We need a quantum leap!” What people mean with “quantum leap” is a major positive disruption. You could also say a paradigm shift in the approach to a subject matter in discussion.
After that introduction you may expect that I am going to nag about the incorrect use of that physical term. Which is not what I intend. Others have done that time and again, and I cannot contribute to the debate more than has already been said.
On the contrary, the metaphor of a quantum leap is perfect to describe a real phenomenon in the world of improvement processes. That is, if you understand it more or less verbally.
A quantum leap is
Maybe you already have seen my CardBoard app in Google Play.
In the most recent version I have added some Kanban (or Scrum) support. One big advantage of this app over other Kanban solutions is that it is not requiring any internet access or external server to run. That means, your private data and to-dos are as safe as they can be on an Android device.
Here is how to use the app as your personal Kanban solution: Continue reading
I want to be brutally open to you, because you may help me: So far, I have exactly zero applications or nominations for the Lean Beyond Award 2013. Since I have found some interesting blog posts, the award will be given anyhow. But it will be more like a “best of” collection.
So this is what I would like you to do: If you use Lean or Agile at home or otherwise beyond their original purpose and if you blog about it then … Continue reading
You surely know Albert Hammond’s song about the Free Electric Band. Here is a part of it that inspired me to write today’s post:
She’d settle for suburbia and a little patch of land
So I gave her up for music and the Free Electric Band.
I want to use this song to illustrate one of the five Lean Self principles in the context of parenthood: “You define value.” Continue reading