What is Lean3?
Part 4 of 5 : Reusable Good Practice
Textbook Best Practice is hard to use
Today, much Project Management guidance is advertised as “Best Practice”. People learn this 2nd Generation “Best Practice” in the classroom, but don’t use it when they get back to work. It’s too complex. It’s not applicable to real life projects. This contradiction arises whenever Best Practice is driven by commercial interests. It exists to be sold, taught, learned and examined, but not to be used. That is why it is easy to learn but hard to use. In reality, it is a commodity, not Best Practice.
Today’s so-called Best Practice is static, frozen in time. It’s a command-and-control approach to standardisation, a top-down 2nd Generation approach. Best Practice needs to give way to living, practical Good Practice. This will the basis of 3rd Generation Project Management, a 21st century approach inspired by Lean Manufacturing.
Good Practice is used and reused
We need dynamic Good Practice, based on what really works in practice. Designed for use, not for sale. Actually used; and improved by the people who use it. And designed for reuse, by any other team working on a similar activity or in a subsequent project.
This is a team-based approach, where Good Practice is developed at the point of use. It is a bottom-up, collaborative 3rd Generation approach.