Just in Time

I wrote about resilience some weeks back. This time I’m going to tell about philosophy and how you can manage resilience on change trips like projects.

This technique requires good skill on estimating work amounts and understanding dependencies to pull it off with decent predictability. You see, having good work amount estimating skills and techniques allow you to do anything just in time. Having poor skills means you will always be late.

Just in Time is originally a philosophy developed by Toyota. It means they build something just in time (JIT) to minimize logistical, mineral and warehousing costs.

Just-in-time

How it Works in Practice:

Most projects meet a lot of changes, due to high number of projects, changes and requirements all emerging and happening at the same time.

So instead of building something ready 2-3 weeks early will lead to higher probability of doing waste (something that’s not necessary and nor useful). Needs and requirements might change at the late our and then we get the reaction of “oh my God, this is how I planned it” and having more trouble of changing the idea of, well this is how we will run it now.

Don’t get me wrong, not everything needs to be reactive, but building things just in time allows you to have better view on what actually needs to be built that it will fit the needs better.

So instead of plan in detail and rehearse a workshop or a teaching session 2-3 weeks early, do it ready 2-3 days before you actually need it. Also start with something small and something that’s safe to fail.

I’m sure you notice you hit more on target and do less re-engineering within a project if you start applying this.

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