The 3 Best Lean Games Every Company Should Learn to Play.

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Confucius may have been the first experiential teacher… “Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” – Confucius, circa 450 BC.   Here at St Andrews Lean Consulting we agree with Confucius. Getting involved is the best way to learn new techniques and the most …

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Projects Alone Doth Lean not Make

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Often when we talk to people implementing Lean in higher education we come across the opinion that running Lean on a project-based approach isn’t enough. This is a hard thing to hear for us, as we started our organisational Lean journey with a series of specific-process projects. Hard as it may seem, though, there is …

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Top 5 Facilitation Questions

What are the top 5 Questions to ask when Facilitating an Improvement Project?

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Every project and Rapid Improvement Event (RIE) is different, and they’re all challenging in their own ways. A few years ago, the University of St Andrews Lean Team were sitting down over lunch, thinking about how to make scoping sessions, in particular, easier. Or, at least, more focused. Cue an ideas crowdsourcing session. The team …

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University of St Andrews Timeline

Using Lean to Deliver Successful Change

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You might be wondering what the cover image, of the University of St Andrews’ timeline, has to do with change, but it’s quite simple really: We use it as a way to say “we haven’t always done it that way”. During training or an RIE when someone says, usually frustratedly or offhandedly, “oh, but we’ve always done …

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Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education 2017

Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education 2017

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I spent last week in sunny and majestic San Francisco, attending the fourth annual Summit on Improvement in Education, hosted by the Carnegie Foundation at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. This was my first time both attending this conference and being part of a program that was primarily focused on the US education system. As a …

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