Efficiency is the foundation for survival. Effectiveness is the foundation of success. — John C. Maxwell.
Lean is Efficiency. Efficiency — doing things right with zero to least waste — is the foundation for survival.
Agile is Effectiveness. Effectiveness — doing the right things at the right time through prioritization — is the foundation of success.
We have in our hands the best of both worlds: being ‘Lean and Agile’! We have the ability to ‘survive and succeed’ in any endeavor that we may choose to undertake; this is applicable to an individual, a family, a team, a team of teams, a tribe, a tribe of tribes, an enterprise, a nation, the world.
The Vision: This blog site’s vision is to share all things about being ‘Lean and Agile’; the purpose of which is to help provide the reader a deeper and broader understanding of being ‘Lean and Agile’ as an individual, a family, a team, a team of teams, etc; and along the way, to inspire, inform, innovate, improve and iterate.
Being ‘Lean and Agile’ is being:
- Effective (Agile) through prioritization — do the right things at the right time. For example, when prioritizing a set of things/jobs to do, it makes sense to do the shortest things (jobs) first that deliver the greatest value… in another perspective, do the shortest things (jobs) with the highest ‘cost of delay’. Your prioritization must make sense in terms of its value and its timing within the grand scheme of things.
- Efficient (Lean) — do the prioritized things (jobs) right with zero to least waste. If / when you are prepared and not hurried, you can focus on doing the job right; and make sure that you plan to factor in time to ‘Innovate and Plan‘…this is in alignment with Lean’s relentless improvement.
In the succeeding blog publications (blogs), this vision is going to be: 1) fleshed out and 2) contextualized.
Also, the succeeding blogs have these themes, but not limited to the following 5 ‘I’s : 1) Inspire. 2) Inform. 3) Improve. 4) iterate. 5) innovate.
Read on and stay with us as we go through this wonderful journey— into the world of efficiency and effectiveness — and hopefully you can employ these ideas in you, at home, at work, in your community…and everywhere else! Let us know how you do! We value your feedback!