Click on the link above for a blog post by the legendary Systems Thinker Russell Ackoff. He writes about reasons why more organizations don’t adopt “systems thinking” if it works so well.
There be many reasons why any particular organization fails to adopt systems thinking but I believe there are two that are the most important, one general and one specific. By a general reason I mean one that is responsible for organizations failing to adopt any transforming idea, let alone systems thinking.
I think his points are absolutely transferable to the question of why more organizations don’t try Lean (let’s put aside those who try and fail).
- The general reason: Fear (’tis easier and less risky to do nothing)
- The specific reason: The Systems Thinking crowd writes primarily for the Systems Thinking crowd
Is this also true in the Lean community? Are we primarily speaking to each other or are we trying to get new Lean folks into the fold?
What’s the mix reading this blog, in terms of A) just learning about lean, B) have worked with lean a little, or C) strongly part of the “Lean community”??
Leave a comment if you’d like to share which group you’re a part of. I know my audience here has a wide mix of experience ranges in working with Lean. Should I set up a formal web poll to see what the experience mix is?
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