One of the key principles we teach is the belief that “50 percent improvement today is better than perfection sometime in the future.” While simple to say this principle is hard to put into practice. So often teams become stuck and fail to improve, because they are unable to come up with the perfect solution or the perfect process. We often tend to think of improvement as binary, either the problem can be solved or it cannot be solved. This prevents us from approaching improvement as a process and continuously learning from our experiments.
The same type of paralysis that often occurs at the team process level also occurs within the strategic planning process. Teams spend a lot of energy and time trying to assess which improvements will have the largest impact, opportunity costs, etc. Huge amount of energy are spent scoring, prioritizing, re-prioritizing strategies. While this type of assessment can be valuable it is often overdone. I believe most of the time it is more advantages to pick a focus area, set goals and then begin. It does not take long to begin to see how the system is connected and improvements can easily be extended from one area to the next.
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