The Skills You Need as an OpEx/CI Professional

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This article and video emphasizes the relevance of the skills for various roles within OpEx and Continuous Improvement: full-time leaders, managers, consultants


Importance of Lean Methodologies

  • Stating the significance of Lean methodologies in business improvement
  • Addressing misconceptions about Lean, highlighting its essential role in organizational improvement
  • Drawing parallels to teaching proficiency, stressing the need for accurate Lean teaching


Varied Roles in Improvement Leadership

  • Delineating distinct roles such as practitioner, facilitator, and coach in improvement leadership
  • Highlighting coaching parallels with child development, focusing on people development and results

Learning Approaches and Continuous Development

  • Advocating for continuous learning, citing examples from various professions
  • Recommending a reading list for self-improvement and emphasizing the importance of self-awareness
  • Highlighting free resources like YouTube for learning value stream mapping and related concepts


Future Skills Inventory and Seeking Coaching

  • Discussing plans for a comprehensive skills inventory for improvement professionals
  • Addressing the need for finding a coach and suggesting hiring or seeking references for guidance
  • Emphasizing the importance of coaches having practical experience and not just theoretical knowledge


Evaluating Programs and Industry Recognized Expertise

  • Advising on questions to consider before investing in improvement programs
  • Highlighting the importance of assessing program validity and the metrics used for evaluation


Challenges in Learning and Development Models

  • Pointing out the absence of apprenticeship models in improvement professions
  • Discussing the challenges in continuous learning and the need for ongoing education
  • Highlighting discrepancies in Lean Six Sigma programs, especially in emphasizing Lean culture
  • Stressing the potential harm caused by inexperienced coaches to the people they are coaching
  • Addressing the development of Lean certification training and its impact on internal improvement teams

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