In this chapter I have extracted some lean and smart work methods gathered from witnessing a number of amazing teams and my research on the writings of the great paradigm shifters (Drucker, Hope, Collins, Hamel, and Peters and Waterman).
TECHNIQUES TO ADOPT FROM THE LEAN MOVEMENT
As mentioned in Chapter 1, the lean movement, which started in Japan during the rebuild after the Second World War, had an American influence, Edwards Deming.2 The lean methods developed by the Japanese multinationals have now spread far and wide and should find a home in the finance team. These include:
Post-it reengineering of inefficient routines such as: month-end, annual planning, and the annual accounts
Adopting stand-up scrum meetings everyday during the delivery of a project, report, annual plan
Having a Kanban board for each key process while it is in play
POST-IT REENGINEERING WORKSHOPS
Re-engineering can be a complex or a relatively easy one—the choice ...
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