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Think Lean

"The biggest source of waste is building or doing something that nobody wants. Thinking lean reduces the waste."

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Think Lean
What We're Talking About

The principle we're discussing

The Lean Startup is based on lean manufacturing, pioneered at Toyota. The concept of Lean Thinking is about making systems more effective. At Toyota, this looked like:

  • Using the full creative and knowledge capacity of individual workers
  • Shrinking batch sizes
  • Using just-in-time production
  • Controlling inventory
  • Accelerating cycle time

Lean Thinking principles can be applied in the workplace to reduce waste by intentionally planning, acting, and measuring the work we believe provides value to the market or customers.

Why it Matters

Why this principle is important and matters to you

Historically, companies would build something, then market it, then determine if people wanted it, and then iterate their offerings.

The result? Wasted effort and inventory.

Instead, we must understand what people want, and then only produce enough to validate our thinking.

The result? Moving faster and preserving resources. This increases confidence in how well we understand our ability to fulfill market & customer needs.

How You Can Use It

This provides practical ways to apply learnings from this Spark

Remember waste isn't personal. Think of how your team currently operates.

Identify places where people aren’t being fully utilized, where information is inefficiently shared, or where the team has produced more than was necessary to learn something new.


An opportunity to reflect on yourself and/or your team and how you can apply these insights

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