Systematic Problem Solving in Rapid Learning Cycles: How Product Developers Express the Core Principles of Lean

Key Takeaways:

  • When systematic problem solving takes root in Product Development, it often appears as Rapid Learning Cycles instead of PDP process improvements or product improvements.
  • The formal definition of Rapid Learning Cycles embeds systematic problem solving.
  • With systematic problem solving at the core, Lean values also get pulled in.

Systematic Problem Solving in RLCs


Type: Knowledge Brief
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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
October 7th, 2014
Updated: 
October 7th, 2014
LAMDA for Disruptive Innovation: Challenge the Invisible Assumptions that Create Opportunities for Disrupters

Key Takeaways:

  • Disruptive innovations are often invisible to established companies.
  • Lean Thinking helps you find the openings that disruptive innovators exploit.
  • LAMDA is the problem solving tool best suited for solving this type of problem because it drives the invisible assumptions to the surface.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
March 11th, 2014
Updated: 
March 11th, 2014
A Little Process for a Better Outcome: Five Lean Product Development Practices for Lean Startups and Innovation Teams

Key Takeaways:

  • Rapid Learning Cycles provide the “HOW” to the Lean Startup’s “WHAT” of rapid experimentation through Build-Test-Learn Cycles.
  • LAMDA structures Build-Test-Learn to add scientific rigor to these learning cycles.
  • Roadmaps, A3 Reports and Knowledge Supermarkets provide scalable methods to improve clarity while minimizing the waste of excess documentation that startups cannot afford.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
February 18th, 2014
Updated: 
February 18th, 2014
LAMDA For Innovators: Systematic Problem Solving for the Fuzziest Part of the Fuzzy Front End

Key Takeaways:

  • LAMDA is systematic problem-solving for Innovators
  • LAMDA prevents five bad habits that Innovators often fall into.
  • The steps of LAMDA help Innovation Teams to define the problem they will solve from the customers’ perspective, understand why it’s a problem, seek innovative solutions wherever they may be, use models more effectively, have richer discussions and get better decisions.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
February 4th, 2014
Updated: 
February 4th, 2014

The Foundational Practices of Lean Product Development:
LAMDA, A3 Reports and Lean Decision Making

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
January 17th, 2014
Updated: 
January 17th, 2014
Innovation Through Lean: Novel Solutions to Your Most Important Problems

Key Takeaways:

  • Innovation is defined as "the process of finding novel solutions to important problems."
  • Lean has been linked with Manufacturing and Process Innovation from its beginning.
  • Lean practices not only help eliminate waste that gets in the way of innovation - Lean Thinking directly helps you become more innovative.

 

 

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
January 7th, 2014
Updated: 
January 7th, 2014
The Lean Patient: How to Use Systematic Problem-Solving to Empower Yourself as a Patient or Caregiver

Key Takeaways:

 

  • Lean Patients are empowered to help doctors give them and their loved ones the best care, by helping them fully prepare and get the most out of their doctor visits.
  • A3 reports improve communication and save time in the treatment room by summarizing the most important information in a format that a busy doctor can digest.
  • The more serious it is, the more you need to be a Lean Patient.

The Lean Patient


Type: Knowledge Brief
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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
July 2nd, 2013
Updated: 
July 2nd, 2013

This A3 template is to help you prepare for a doctor's visit.

It includes visual models for timelines, pain maps and symptoms, with an example graph of symptom severity over time.

This is based upon the A3 described in the Knowledge Brief, "The Lean Patient: How to Use Systematic Problem-Solving to Empower Yourself as a Patient or Caregiver."

This template may be freely shared and the link to this file will stay on the public side of the LPDRC, so you may link to it from external sites.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
July 2nd, 2013
Updated: 
July 2nd, 2013

This is the template to use for a Problem-Solving A3. It most resembles the type of A3 report found in Managing to Learn by John Shook.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
March 18th, 2012
Updated: 
March 18th, 2012
LAMDA: PDCA for Knowledge Workers

Key Takeaways:

  • LAMDA is a form of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle of continuous improvement.
  • LAMDA defines the actions that take place in the Plan and Check steps of PDCA:
    Look, Ask, Model and Discuss.
  • It corrects for the Western tendency to skimp on planning and move quickly to action.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
April 26th, 2010
Updated: 
April 26th, 2010
How to Tame Wild Octopi: Lean Thinking for Wicked Problems

Key Takeaways:

  • Wicked problems defy solutions using traditional problem-solving methods.
  • The key to a wicked problem is understanding competing stakeholder needs and acceptable trade-offs to develop a negotiated solution.
  • We tame a wicked problem by deciding what interests are the most important and then using a series of rapid learning cycles to explore potential solutions.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
May 20th, 2010
Updated: 
May 20th, 2010