Lean Blog Audio — Fighting Against “The Way We’ve Always Done It”


Through our practice of Lean, we’re looking at processes and our management system, looking to identify waste and opportunities for improvement.Lean is about engaging people to have them ask why we do things a certain way or if things could be better (it’s not about finding fault from on high and telling them what to do).

The answer to why we (frontline staff or leaders) do something a certain way is often:

“We’ve always done it that way.”

The fact we’ve always done something that way doesn’t automatically mean it’s a bad practice. But, we should be willing to challenge things to figure out if we should reinvent that process or tweak it. The same question applies to management practices.

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