Reducing the Waste of Waiting in the NFL Draft

NFL teams play hurry-up offense in draft –

I’m not a huge NFL Draft geek. It’s on right now, but I’m watching some hockey (Go Red Wings!).

The NFL has cut the time allotted for each pick in the draft. Obviously, this speeds things up, but they’re not really reducing the “value added” time (if you will) for each pick. The time they’re cutting is primarily the “waste of waiting.”

Teams are extremely prepared for the draft (which still doesn’t explain the bad choices the Detroit Lions always make). They don’t need 15 minutes to figure out who they want. They’re typically waiting to get a call from another team about a potential trade.

I heard a commentator on the radio last week who said that teams typically wait until the last minute to make trade offers. So if that “last minute” is 8 minutes in or 13 minutes in, it really makes no difference.

Not strictly “Lean” but maybe that’s an example you can use with folks at work on Monday. Not all time in a process is strictly “value added.” Of course, it depends on how you define “value.” If “value” is listening to folks like Chris Berman and Mel Kiper fill the time, then the fans might be losing out… you have to ask the customers. What do you think?

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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