There is no unsolvable problem if you apply #LEAN mindset by breaking down a big problem into smaller ones. And every small step taken by each person can result into big changes once accumulated all together.
This time let's talk about easy steps everyone can take to become a "millennial fashionista", which I refer to following meaningful trends and changing your behaviors for the good of others and our planet.
What steps are your taking in your daily life to contain our environmental crisis?
With the recent developments of artificial intelligence (AI) adoption, more and more people started to worry about the future of their jobs.
While the future of work will certainly change, I believe we don’t need to worry as we will always need humans. Humans who are capable to work together with machines and have strong problem solving skills.
👉 Check out my blog post on “5 steps to become a problem solving rockstar in the digital era”.
I am interested to hear your experiences with problem solving. Any tips & tricks or handy 🛠 you use?
Last year when the air pollution in India 🇮🇳 was at record heights “bottled fresh air" was being sold.
This is a sad, yet necessary, example of a temporary countermeasure applied to solve a problem.
LEAN problem solving encourages you to consider two types of countermeasures:
👉 Temporary - apply a quick fix to stop the bleeding.
👉 Permanent - prevent the problem from happening again.
In most cases you need both, so I hope India's air pollution problem will be addressed with permanent countermeasures.
What a great story how Jeff Bezos used a 5Whys technique to find the root cause of a problem.
A few pitfalls I have experienced when using 5WHYs in problem solving process:
❌ Start asking WHY too early. 5 whys is effective when we already have a well scoped problem by e.g. using Pareto charts.
❌ Stop with WHY question too early. Tip: usually you know that you found a true rootcause when you can make an action.
❌ Forget to include gemba (actual place where value is created) evidence at each WHY step. This is crucial to show that you don’t rely on assumptions.
Most importantly, remember to ask WHY instead of WHO. We cannot ever blame people, it is usually the process to be addressed.