Agile Method And Gemba Kaizen
|JD Meier published recently great post covering Agile Method. After reading it I could clearly see the lines connecting the method JD described with the Japanese Gemba Kaizen - common sense, low cost approach of managing workplace effectively.||
Gemba Kaizen can be distilled to three keys - Housekeeping, Cutting Muda (waste), Standardization.
Key #1 - Housekeeping
- Sort – Separate everything unnecessary and get rid of it. Put a red tag on unnecessary items (for example, unused machines), then remove them.
- Straighten – Put key items in order so they can be found readily. Straighten logically, so items can be located with a minimum of wasted effort.
- Scrub – Tools and workplaces should be clean. Dirt and foreign particles can cause machinery to malfunction.
- Systematize – Make a schedule for cleaning and for checking that all is in order. This ensures that housekeeping is maintained constantly.
- Standardize – Make the preceding steps part of a regular process.
Agile Method gives a very clean view of the process, activities, and deliverables thus eliminating noise throughout the process of building the solution architecture. It seems like it's been build with Housekeeping in mind - Sort, Straighten, Scrub, Systemize, Standardize.
Key #2 - Cutting Muda
Muda (waste) is anything that does not add value. JD has been writing on it in his Get Lean, Eliminate Waste.
More Kaizen to Agile Method!
Key #3 - Standardization
The third key of Gemba Kaizen encourages to follow clear process in iterative manner. One picture worth a thousand words. JD shares the following chart that gives an overview of the Agile Method:
Toyota does Kaizen and succeeds. Apply Agile Method and succeed too.
Agile Development Kaizen style!
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