When the Student's Lens Changes

As a lean coach, it is always rewarding to witness the change in a lean learner's "lens" - when the student sees things in a different way.

Or suddenly sees things that they never saw before.

It means that the student is thinking in a different way…in a leaner way.

Sometimes this drives interesting behavior. Like following a car that has a license plate containing what perhaps has a lean message. Then, finally tracking the car within a side of the road parking lot and snapping a picture of that license with their cell phone.

Several relatively new lean practitioners did just that. They believed that this particular license plate had cleverly captured the lean axiom of, “no problem is big problem.”

Pretty cool, huh?

Of course, they later determined that the license plate was really about P = NP, a major unsolved problem in computer science.

Hey, it’s the thought that counts.

And, of course, it was funny as heck.

Related posts: Another Classic Lean Question – “Do You See What I See?”, Line of Sight, Employee Engagement, and Daily Kaizen

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Christian Paulsen's picture


That must have made you feel great! Your team is thinking Lean even away from work so you know they have the bug. Great job!


markrhamel's picture

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the comment.

Yes, it does feel great! Once someone has been infected by the lean bug, it's pretty much impossible for them to compartmentalize it to simply "work time."

Best regards,