I have made a false start.
I work like a Stirling Engine – there’s a great deal of potential to offer the world in my brain, but it needs a spark, a source, to get the whole thing moving. I false started with this whole concept; but I’m starting again. This is post zero because I wanted the slate to be cleaned, the ignition switch to be flicked again and the motor to fire into action.
The ‘ignition switch’ in this case was a brief chat with Colin Hegarty, he of HegartyMaths fame and all round hero and thoroughly nice bloke. HegartyMaths is an incredible product with a great story behind it, built from the ground up, on many of the principles I want to espouse and elucidate on through this very blog, very much an exemplar of lean thinking. Colin and I agree that there is a niche for a Lean Department approach, and it’s time to make it happen. A proper start.
You’ll notice a reformat of the site, and I’ve got rid of some of the old posts because, well, they were well-intentioned but, let’s be honest, a bit crap. The book is being written, slowly, but its development will come alongside the writing taking place here. The blogs are the ‘beta versions’ of my writings, as well as some wider thought development, whereas the book will be the culmination of core ideas. I’ve kept the control theory post because I quite like it, and it’s a central tenet of what I’m going to promote here.
So, as time progresses, I’ll start with setting out some basic principles, to systems and models of thinking, and then practice on the ground – particularly how I’m embedding practice and what I’m learning. I’ll aim for an average of a post a week, but we’ll see how it goes.
I’m looking for contributors, and there’s a newsletter in the pipeline, which I want to be a collaboration between me, the thinker and writer, and you, the delightful readership. This is in order to drive ideas here that will aim to help the many, and not just be a soapbox for my beliefs (which would be very easy to write!).
So, here goes. The false start is done. Let’s get lean.