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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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One of the joys about being on the Lean Journey is that you see Waste absolutely everywhere, you develop an almost physical intolerance of what can be improved, and feel almost compelled to intervene. This struck home to me this week — I’ve been away at...

Continuous Improvement: A Bigger Advantage than Disruptive Innovation?

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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One of the great puzzles of the industrial revolution is why it began in England. Why not France, or Germany? Many reasons have been offered. Britain had plentiful supplies of coal, for instance. It had a good patent system in place. It had relatively high labor...

Table Tennis Ball Game – a Lesson in Improvement

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Teaching the Continuous Improvement habit via games: a video from a recent Lean workshop. Based on Boris Glogner’s Scrum Ball Point Game. We played 6 rounds of 1 minute, with (a bit more than) 1 minute’s improvement Hansei in between. By the end, the team...

How Much Value Adding Time do you Spend?

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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When you’re measuring the overall success of your Lean programme, surely a major indicator that you’re on the right track has to be the proportion of time the team spends on the activities that actually create Value, and how it changes over time. Virginia...

(Some) Agilistas: Still Not Yet Lean Thinkers

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Every so often I get myself to a place where I start accepting Agile as a sensible, sound way of doing things, as an effective industry-specific implementation/reinvention of a number of Lean principles, reaching towards one piece flow and pull systems, and coming up...

The Thing I Love About Kanban

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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…is its simplicity. At its heart, it’s only 5 simple rules: Visualise the work Map the process (ideally end to end) Limit WiP Empower the team to self-manage Keep improving And you get feedback really quickly and in a way that forces you to do something...