Have you been to a lecture about Kaizen and had your interest roused? Through reading about Kanban, have you come to the conclusion that you want to continuously work on improvements? Have you just returned from a lean workshop, all fired up for cultural change? Good. Then you’ve got the fire burning in you that’s crucial for any successful change initiative. But, so you don’t get consumed by your own flames, we urgently recommend that you pause for a moment. Before you set to work on the actual implementation, you should take a minute to calmly contemplate the starting point: check the context of your change impulses; go over your own options; get a better idea of what it is you’re really getting yourself into; and get yourself into good shape for the organizational clarification needed to translate your change ideas into a good initiative. The following list of questions helps you in this personal reflection.

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