Chapter 8

General Guidance for Implementation

“I really liked how core team members and stakeholders collaborated to work through questions, assumptions, risks, issues, and dependencies in such a short period of time [which] typically can take days, weeks, or months to work through!”

from a customer participating in a Lean kickoff meeting at Rockwell Collins.

8.1 General Guidance for Implementing LEfSE

The large number of subenablers (147) sometimes meets with a humorous reaction that “being this long, it is not Lean.” However, the LEfSE cover a large spectrum of practices in complex technology environments, with a general focus to improve program value and stakeholder satisfaction and reduce waste, delays, costs, and frustrations. LEfSE promote the culture of trust, openness, respect, empowerment, teamwork, good communication and coordination, and drive for excellence. They encourage healthy relationships between all stakeholders, better coordination between parties handling any complex transaction, streamlined work flow while promoting robustness and right the first time, and best methodologies for complex system design. They place emphasis on good preparations, planning, frontloading, and preventive measures. They emphasize process optimization, standardization, continuous improvement, and long-term thinking. They describe best practices for human resource management, creation of communities of practice and knowledge databases, capture of lessons learned, and continuous education ...

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