About Strategy, Tactics, and Lean

Carl von Clausewitz, writer on military strategy and tactics

Carl von Clausewitz, writer on military strategy and tactics

Originally “the art of the general,” strategy is about which armies or fleets you deploy where and for what purpose. It goes hand in hand with tactics, which is the way each unit then engages the enemy. Always fond of military metaphors, business people have chosen to use  the term”strategy”  for their plans and decisions on products or services, markets, promotion methods, technology, organization, and financing. To Harvard Business School’s Michael Porter “the essence of [business] strategy is choosing what not to do.”

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John Shook – #Lean Production Meets #LeanStartup | Mark Graban’s notes

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Blog post at Lean Blog : After their recent recorded conversation, it was great to see John Shook, CEO of LEI, and Eric Ries, Author of The Lean Startup together on[..]

 

 

 

Michel Baudin‘s insight:

The Lean Enterprise Institute’s John Shook shared the stage with “Lean Startup” author Eric Ries at a conference in San Francisco.

I was wondering whether Shook would in any way endorse Ries’s ideas as having anything to do with Lean. Mark’s notes show no evidence of that. It seems that Shook essentially explained his background at Toyota and NUMMI.

“The Lean Startup” is a good read. The ideas are reasonable, plausible, and well explained, including the “Minimum Viable Product” (MVP) and “pivoting.” In fact, they have taken root in the vocabulary of software entrepreneurs, at least here in Silicon Valley.

But are they, in any way, related to Lean?

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Lean – Not Just for Manufacturing Anymore | Jabil Blog: Aim Higher

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“Although manufacturers have embraced lean and continuous improvement for decades, the concept is still relatively new in the entrepreneurial world. Led by Eric Reis and his groundbreaking 2011 book, The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, innovators across the globe are using lean startup methods to launch new ideas and new companies.”

Michel Baudin‘s insight:

When I read Eric Reiss’s “The Lean Startup,” I thought it was an interesting read, from which I could glean a few new ideas. What I failed to see, however, is any relationship between Reiss’s ideas and Lean Manufacturing. Reiss sees one, and says so, but I would be hard put to explain what it might be.

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