4601 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 1200
Arlington, VA 22203
On March 17, 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic escalated, I moved my family of four from the city into a 200 square foot off-grid tiny house. Despite 15 years of Lean consulting, this last year of “tiny house living” has taught me more about truly embodying Lean in life/work and overcoming barriers to individual and organizational transformation. With our industry’s arsenal of Lean strategies, it is easy for us to get caught up with the steps and formats of various Lean tools and processes. However, at its core, Lean is about seeing our world and work differently and the necessary behavioral shifts that come from that insight. Over the last year, there are several Lean principles that proved invaluable in our drastic move, specifically: leader standard work, 5S, holistic analysis (i.e. A3 thinking and supply chain integration), accountability metrics, and relentless continuous improvement. This presentation will share personal examples of how these Lean principles were applied in my life and work, how these can be generalized to anyone’s personal life, project teams, and organizations. These foundational behaviors are keys to truly embodying Lean in all that we do and freeing up resources for the things that matter most.