What are the project selection criteria?
- Addresses an issue of high priority to the company.
- Likely to benefit from "fresh eyes".
- Potential to demonstrate best practice/lean principles.
- Likely to achieve a tangible outcome in the time available.
- Company willing for outcomes to be used in the public domain as a case study.
Who developed the Lean Action Learning process?
The Lean Action Learning process was devised by Cother Consulting Pty Ltd and draws extensively on their experience with this type of program.
The Lean Action Learning Process
A typical project has three phases as follows:
Selection and Preparation
This phase is vital to the success of the project. Key elements are:
- Potential projects are evaluated against the selection criteria.
- The Minimum Critical Specification for the selected project is established with the host company.
- External companies are canvassed to participate.
- The team is selected.
- Relevant learning resources are identified.
- The team is briefed
The project is undertaken at the host company. The facilitator attends all sessions.
The team works together for one day per week over five weeks. This format has been found to work well. Five days is enough time for the team to achieve significant outcomes. The time between sessions enables participants to undertake further research and reflect on what they are learning.
The focus of each day is as follows:
- Day 1: Familiarise and plan
- Day 2: Record and examine
- Day 3: Develop
- Day 4: Refine and justify
- Day 5: Finalise and present
The team presents to the senior management of the host company at 3pm on Day 5. This presentation is video taped and later edited to form the basis of the video case study.
Feedback and Dissemination
Some two to three months later, the team is reconvened and staff of the host company make a presentation on implementation progress and the effectiveness of the team's recommendations. The case study video is reviewed at this meeting and certificates are presented to the team members.
The case study is subsequently made available on DVD for distribution free to South Australian companies. These case studies can also be viewed from this website, including a day-by-day description of how the teams tackled the projects.