Principles of lean

There are many interpretations of agile and lean. Here we define what we mean by agile and lean and what principles of lean we have included into our Pulseguide.

Principles of lean

Prevent overload and avoid scattering of resources. The aim is to shorten lead times.

  • Pulseguide implementation: The number of projects, tasks and activities that may run simultaneously is limited. The model also ensures that staff don´t scatter their efforts.

Pull limits the amount of work in process. You do what is required rather than follow a plan. To do so the actual situation has to be instantly communicated to everybody. The work is done in iterations or small batches, which will reduce uncertainty and risks.

  • Pulseguide implementation: Pulse room and pulse boards are used to visualise actual situation. People will interact at pulse meetings to form a common view. Results are divided into actions that can be completed within a day or two.

Robust and fail-safe. Lean systems are robust and fail-safe, they have a built-in ability to quickly find errors and take care of unexpected problems that arise. The aim is that errors should not propagate.

  • Pulseguide implementation: Decisions are made in small steps at frequent pulse meetings as well as frequent demonstrations of sub results.

Principles of agile

Self-organise – power to the edge. The actors self-organise in teams, which mean that members of working groups within the framework of their mandate together agree upon how work will be performed and decide who will do what.This may be the key element for principles of lean.

  • Pulseguide implementation: Several semiautonomous teams are defined for operational and strategic work. Each team will have their own pulse board and conduct frequent pulse meetings.

Sociotechnical system. Control and communication is built into the plant, rather than handled by the social organisation (as the line organisation).

  • Pulseguide implementation: Pulse meetings are linked together and form a network where information and decisions can flow continuously and that will create a visual decision process for the business.

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