Mental Leaps — More, Faster, Better, Happier, and Innovative (2nd Edition)

It’s All About the Journey

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Departure

Context, Heritage, Why

Initial Inspiration

Figure 1: Inspiration from our colleagues in Finland — Continuous Integration. Illustration: Ari Jouppila

What Worked Well Early On

Mental Leap 1: From Methods and Tools to Principles and Mindset

Point to the Destination and Explain Why

From Large Batches to Smaller Batches

Figure 2: Slicing a feature to secure faster value delivery and quicker feedback and learning. Illustration: Peter Eriksson and Erik Schön

From Local Suboptimization to Global Awareness

Figure 3: Visualization room with key stakeholders and video conference link to other sites. Photo: Håkan Forss
Figure 4: A visualization board securing global awareness at a glance and hinting what to do. Photo: Håkan Forss
Figure 5: Mindset, values and principles over practices. Illustration: Ahmed Sidky

Mental Leap 2: From Resource Efficiency to Flow Efficiency

What Is Efficiency?

Figure 6: Examples of high resource efficiency (steel mill) and high flow efficiency (emergency service). Source: Niklas Modig and Pär Åhlström. Photo: Håkan Forss. LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this article

Storytelling Around Flow in Our Products

Mental Leap 3: From Scattered Experiences to Continuous Innovation

Plan for Innovation

Figure 7: Planning with less than full utilization creates an environment for innovation. Illustration: Mårten Pehrson and Erik Schön

Continuous Innovation Toward the Vision

Learning Days

Figure 8: Learning Days — hands-on workshop (left) and example schedule (right). Photo: Erik Schön

Remaining Challenges

Conclusion

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Acknowledgements

References

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