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
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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