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by LSSU Admin - Thursday, 28 May 2020, 6:40 PM
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After yesterday’s post about trucks crashing into the famous 11foot8 bridge and mistake proofing, I got the feeling I should drive home my key point that the problem isn’t with the driver, it is with the environment. As of this writing,  Jürgen has recorded 154 crashes of overheight vehicles into the bridge. And I’ll put …

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    by LSSU Admin - Thursday, 28 May 2020, 10:18 AM
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    In April, I had the opportunity to speak with Brad Jeavons shortly before the publication of his new book, Agile Sales: Delivering Customer Journeys of Value and Delight. Brad's book is the first to address incorporating enterprise excellence (Agile/Lean) into sales. Organizational excellence journeys have not included sales teams up until now. Brad's book provides a proven step-by-step approach for integrating Agile/Lean practices into sales to amplify customer experience and sales-team performance. The book contains many case examples from companies achieving amazing results from integrating agile into their sales teams.

    During our conversation, I asked Brad what results have been achieved by applying Agile/Lean techniques for sales. Here is his response:


    The best example I have seen is a retailer rocketing from 0% sales growth year on year to a growth of 70% year on year. I have seen sales teams in a highly commoditized market elevate their approach and bring value back into their dealings with customers. They went from 2% growth year on year to over 15% year on year with a 10% elevation in gross margin. The results are amazing and speak for themselves. My book Agile Sales provides good detail to help an organization bring agile into their sales team and optimize their results.


    In addition, I followed up with: Why does Agile/Lean work well in sales teams similarly to operational teams? 


    Agile and Lean philosophies share many common beliefs, tools and techniques. They both help people to collaborate, innovate, and amplify performance. The role that people are working in does not matter; people are people in operations as they are in sales. The Agile and Lean approaches to excellence are proven to help in sales as much as operations. Agile lends itself to sales as it evolved through major global technology organizations adopting more office-based practices. I made this connection several years ago after initially learning and applying Lean practices. I moved into an executive role within the organization I was working and started to work with my sales leaders and team members to apply Agile/Lean techniques. The results we saw were amazing. I genuinely believe that Agile can help a sales team optimize their results.


    Throughout the book, I give this evidence -- analyzing many successful organizations that have applied Agile/Lean techniques to their sales teams and customer engagement approaches. I describe how all levels of an organisation can sustain their energy and effort on their key customers, how they can focus on what is most important and establish a culture of continuous improvement, innovation, and ultimately, performance.  Agile Sales provides many practical examples of how agile concepts have amplified customer experience and sales team performance. I have worked to make it easy for the reader to take the learnings and apply them to their organization.


    The current environment requires us to think differently and pivot for future success. Agile Sales is a must-read for anyone directly involved in or leading sales teams. It provides ideas to help sales teams get back in the game, deliver greater value and delight and amplify performance and results.


    Sales improvements will help organizations survive and thrive for the future, which may prove more vital than purely operational improvements.


    What do you think of Brad's perspective? Have your sales teams applied any Agile or Lean techniques? What have the results been? 

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      My guest for Episode #372 is Karen Gaudet, author of the excellent book Steady Work, which was published by the Lean Enterprise Institute. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a former employee of LEI and they provide a review copy of the book. In today's episode, we discuss her experience with Lean at […]

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        by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 6:09 PM
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        Besides being a great source of schadenfreude, Jürgen Henn’s website, 11foot8.com offers some great insight in the difficulty of effective mistake-proofing. Background The clearance between the road and the railroad bridge at 201 Gregson Street in Durham, North Carolina is officially 11 feet 8 inches (3.55 meters). A typical rental box truck is about 12 feet …

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          by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 2:00 PM
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          There are so many leadership capabilities that we could tie to effective problem solving, why should we focus on coaching? What makes coaching so important? I believe this comparison will make it clear (and here’s a hint: it’s all about your purpose).  When I’m coaching a soccer game, many instances

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            by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 12:00 PM
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            A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of May 2020.  You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.
            Innovation is Inefficient Problem Solving (even Simon Sinek says so) – Jamie Flinchbaugh says the best problem solving involves learning, experimentation, failure, detours, and none of that is efficient.
            What Lean CEOs Know That Typical CEOs Don't– Dan Markovitz surveyed nearly 100 CEOs from a wide variety of companies and multiple industries...

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              by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 11:30 AM
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              What's the last thing you ever want to be in your food? Pathogens. These tiny bacteria, viruses and microorganisms can cause disease and infection for anyone who comes in contact with them. It's especially vital for manufacturers in the food and beverage industry to ensure food safety in their products, so their consumers don't get sick. 

              Nothing in life is perfect though; 100% prevention is nearly impossible. If and when food safety is compromised, a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) can be used to help.

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                How can we use our creativity – and kindness – to help us move forward into a better future? The latest article that I’ve written for the Lean Post – this time in collaboration with my coaching partner and friend Karyn Ross – was published today. I wanted to share it, and some additional resources […]

                The post Lean Post Article: Don’t Just Go Back – Go Forward … With Kindness and A Little Creativity! appeared first on Katie Anderson.

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                  Job shops are a mess. Period. The increased and uneven levels of inventory cause a host of other problems. In my last post I described how these inventory imbalances are caused by irregular material flow, how subsequent safety buffers increase inventory even more, and how this causes staff to change their workplace irregularly in a ... Read more

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                    by LSSU Admin - Monday, 25 May 2020, 12:00 PM
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                    Originally posted a few years ago, I'm reposting this for the holiday here in the U.S.

                    The post Memorial Day – A Day of Remembrance appeared first on Lean Blog.

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