Lean Essentials: Improving How We Work – Alan Zucker

3:45 pm -4:15 pm

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Prince Georges #1211


Lean and Agile practices are sweeping through the project management industry. Agile projects are 3-times more likely to be successful than traditional waterfall projects based on data from the Standish group.

Lean practices are at the heart of Agile. Lean practices were first developed in manufacturing and popularized by Toyota. However, Lean is broadly applicable to project management and knowledge work.

Lean focuses on delivering value and eliminating waste. It provides a framework and process to examine what we do, how we do it, and whether we can do it better. Research shows that out of a typical 8-hour day, we are only productive for about 2.5-hours.

Kanban is one of the lean management tools that helps us manage the flow of work, identify bottlenecks, and deliver value sooner.

In “Lean Essentials: Improving How We Work”, Alan Zucker presents how we can better manage our work environment and projects through Lean thinking. Participants will:

  • Be introduced to the 7 Principles of Lean;
  • Recognize the 8-types of waste prevalent in knowledge work;
  • See the impact of multitasking and task switching;
  • Understand the difference between value and waste; and
  • Use a rubric to assess value and waste in their daily work activities.

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