The Ritual of Lean

Why, when, and how do you question your methods or approach?

I recently wrote a blog post for EPIC about Lean practices in startups as both rituals and as a ritualized routines, raising these sorts of questions. Below is a short excerpt. Take a look at the EPIC post here: http://epicpeople.org/the-ritual-of-lean/ and let me know what you think!

The core of Lean is the Build-Measure-Learn cycle. Credit: Eric Ries (2009)

The core of Lean is the Build-Measure-Learn cycle. Credit: Eric Ries (2009)

There are many ways to view Lean. Lean is a business science. It is a product development method. And in many ways, it is a communication medium. In my research with startups, I’ve also heard Lean referred to as a religion.

If Lean is a “religion” in the new startup era, I’d like to propose another way to view Lean in practice. In this piece, I will show how Lean as a practice within startups fits the mold of a ritual—and how impactful such rituals can be. But I also want to suggest how Lean as a ritualized, or routine, practice can be problematic.
Source: http://epicpeople.org/the-ritual-of-lean/