Last year, in a fit of creativity, I coined the awkward term “L.A.M.E.” — Lean As Misguidedly Executed or, alternatively Lean as Mistakenly Executed.
Either way, the “Lean vs LAME” construct is easier to swallow than the spelled out acronym. I still haven’t come up with anything better – suggestions?
It’s strange, and I guess somewhat gratifying to see the term referenced or even used without attribution — at least it’s out there… First reference last week, from another blog:
Mark Graban at the Lean Blog had LEAN or LAME about a week ago in which he rightly complains that all the “LEAN doesn’t work” stories seem to be about mis-implementations of LEAN (which frequently become LEAN = “less employees are needed”). He’s come up with LAME: “LEAN as Misguidedly Executed” but that sounded lame, so he asked his readers for help. One created “Lacking Any Management Ethics,” which may be a bit harsh. [via On Pharma]
I like the sense of the complaint. It’s easy to blame the method, when it is the implementation. The struggle with many improvement efforts is that if there is no follow-through, it often looks like the method is at fault. Do this enough times at a company, and EVERY method appears to be wrong. Maybe it’s not the methods…
Seen any sightings of the term, or sightings of “L.A.M.E.” out there?
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