Productive planning session using Business Model Canvas

With our new roles defined for Lean Portland, we decided to use a kaizen event format for planning next steps. We dedicated about 4 hours on Saturday, July 8th to align with the mission of our group, and make progress on our goals.

Attendees included Matt Horvat, Maria Grzanka, Thomas Cox, Ernest Mayer and Brion Hurley.

We decided to use the Business Model Canvas approach, to keep us organized and focused, and to better understand how we provide value to the community.

We identified four primary customers:

  • Public service organizations (nonprofits, government agencies, NGOs, not-for-profits)
  • Donors of public service
  • Senior consultants
  • Junior consultants

One of the key takeaways from the session was the role of potential donors of nonprofit organizations. If they are investing money, they might be interested in our assistance, to make sure the money is being used as efficiently as possible.

We will continue updating and refining the model over the next couple months, and we’ll be sharing it during our monthly happy hours.

Successful Lean Workshop with OEN and Friends

On June 19th, Lean Portland consultants Kjell Van Zoen and Brion Hurley conducted a 5-hour Lean and Green Workshop.

The event was coordinated by one of the nonprofit clients of Lean Portland, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN), and the space was provided by Ruby Receptionists.

Over 30 attendees arrived to learn more about Lean concepts and tools. Attendees included OEN staff, Ruby employees, other nonprofit clients (Free Geek and The Rebuilding Center), and other local businesses interested in learning more.

The attendees learned about lean concepts such as: lean culture, respect for people, kaizen and continuous improvement, how lean can improve the environment, single piece flow vs batching, pull, kanban, the 8 deadly wastes, value streams, and much more!

The course was highlighted by a camera simulation, along with 2 improvement rounds, where teams implemented single piece flow, cellular layouts, kanban, and reduced customer defects.

Overall, the feedback was very positive, and plus/delta sheets were reviewed to make the next workshop even better!

Shorter, free Lean workshops are being setup in July and August. If you are interested in attending, visit the links below:

Lean Management System work at Rebuilding Center

by Jared Davis
Developing the capabilities of people is a key task of a high functioning management system, as well as showing respect for everyone in the organization.  It’s that task that Lean PDX and the Rebuilding Center are transitioning into.  To do that, a manager and veteran employee have been the focus of the past two development sessions, where we have built tools to ‘hold the gains’ and enable the Rebuilding Center’s improvement efforts to continue.
The shop closing checklist developed last session has been experimented with and modified to be an’opening’ checklist, with safety and maintenance of past improvement projects as the primary objectives.  To pair with this checklist, we mocked up a (to be named) board to celebrate the gains, showcase what is being worked on and manage the incoming improvement ideas. Just like the opening checklist, this will go through many iterations, but it will be a vehicle to develop the people and refine the management system.