The Power of the Same Room: Why Virtual Meetings Should Not Replace Every Face-to-Face Meeting

Key Takeaways:

  • Face to Face Meetings are essential in some circumstances, especially those with difficult decisions to make, problems to solve or teams to build.
  • Remote participants in face-to-face meetings make them much less effective.
  • Project kick-offs should always be face-to-face.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
June 6th, 2014
Updated: 
June 6th, 2014
Are You a Flow Interrupter? Six Management Behaviors that Slow Down Product Development

Key Takeaways:

  • Flow interruptions cost time and money in product development
  • Six common management behaviors interrupt the flow of work.
  • Learn how to work with the flow instead of interrupt it - especially if you have a product development program in crisis mode.

 

 

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
June 14th, 2013
Updated: 
June 14th, 2013
Prepare to DISCUSS: A Deep Dive into the DISCUSS step of the LAMDA Cycle

Key Takeaways:

  • DISCUSS builds understanding and support from the people who will make a decision - and the people who will be charged with carrying it out.
  • The DISCUSS step should include decision-makers and those impacted by the decision, as well as outside perspectives from experts and others with fresh eyes.
  • You are ready to act when decision-makers are ready to commit to a decision.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
December 2nd, 2010
Updated: 
December 2nd, 2010
Integration Events: Pull Your Product Design Together

Key Takeaways:

  • Integration Events pull work through product development and help teams identify integration problems early.
  • Integration Plans line out the integration events and team expectations.
  • Integration Events require advance preparation, a format that allows for a lot of interaction and attention to detail, and the ability to “go and see” when the team finds problems.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
September 16th, 2010
Updated: 
September 16th, 2010
Prepare the Ground: A3 Reports, Nemawashi, and Effective Decision-Making

Key Takeaways:

  • Knowledge has no value if an organization does not use it to make decisions.
  • Nemawashi prepares the ground for effective decision-making by bringing the stakeholders into alignment around a proposal before they are asked to make a decision.
  • It eliminates the wastes of revisited decisions and unproductive meetings by ensuring that proposals only get accepted when the organization is ready to commit fully to their success.

Prepare the Ground


Type: Knowledge Brief
Tabloid (A3): 11x17 (PDF)
Letter (A4): 8.5x11 (PDF)

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
August 11th, 2010
Updated: 
August 11th, 2010
Nemawashi: Preparing The Ground for Solid Decision-Making

Key Takeaways:

  • Nemawashi directly eliminates the wastes of unproductive meetings and revisited decisions.
  • It is highly efficient for the decision-makers while taking about the same amount of time as the traditional process for the person submitting a proposal.
  • It leads to decisions with solid buy-in from key stakeholders.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
May 20th, 2010
Updated: 
May 20th, 2010
Lean Meetings: Spend less time in meetings to spend more time creating customer value

Key Takeaways:

  • Daily stand-up meetings minimize the waste of project status reporting while improving team coordination on value-creating activities.
  • “One piece flow” discussion meetings create richer discussion and minimize the waste from revisited decisions.
  • Team Information “Pull” Systems can replace status meetings and email copies.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
April 26th, 2010
Updated: 
April 26th, 2010
Lean Program Management: Simplify planning, tracking and status updates to spend more time creating value

Key Takeaways:

  • Use simple, visual models to replace high-maintenance project plans.
  • Create a “pull” system for project information - so that you pull what you need from your teams and your stakeholders can pull what they need from you.
  • Reinvent your program team meetings to focus the team on creating customer value.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
April 26th, 2010
Updated: 
April 26th, 2010