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Writing on various topics, from industrial engineering to martial arts.

Playing Lean Australia

 

Last year, 2016, I toured Australia for 30 days giving a bunch of Playing Lean workshops. During that time I received a lot of inquiries on how does one become a Playing Lean Facilitator. The answer is simple — by attending Playing Lean Facilitator Training and becoming a member of Playing Lean Facilitator Club! Now, if you live in Australia that means you’d pay more for the airfare and accomodation than for the training itself, and although that investment would pay itself off very soon, Playing Lean decided to organise three facilitator trainings in Australia.

Deciphering Academic Papers

Quiet frontier.

Academic papers hold a lot of knowledge but you shouldn’t trust them blindy. You need to know the difference between a hypothesis and a theory, watch out for selection bias, avoid confusing correlation with causation, and much more.

On Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement

During the Second World War, U.S. government initiated an improvement programme “Training Within Industry” with aims of providing education regarding the importance of continuous improvement (CI). After the war, CI was taught to post-war Japan through works of Deming and Juran (Shingo and Robinson, 1990). Based on those lectures, Japanese developed their own way of CI thinking, nowadays known as kaizen (Imai, 1986).

Playing Lean Australia

Playing Lean Australia 2016 Header

 

Sometime around January or February 2016 Miro Hegedić introduced me to Tore Rasmussen, one of the guys behind Playing Lean. Given my background and interests, Lean Start-up wasn’t really on my map, but all that changed after meeting with Tore. Since then, it just kept on rolling, and today we are working together on several projects.

For the uninitiated, Playing Lean is an educational board game which facilitates learning of the Lean Start-up principles through gamified experience. Playing Lean is aligned with Ash Maurya’s Running Lean, and he is involved with the development of the game. He endorses it as an educational tool for the Lean Start-up. Tore has written more about how Playing Lean conveys Lean Start-up.

In May 2016 I became a Certified Playing Lean Facilitator, and in agreement with Tore and Simen, I started to plan a promotional Australian road-trip. The idea was to cover all major cities over the course of one month.