New course on implementation from LeanKanban University

LeanKanban University has announced their newest course, Fit for Purpose, based on the book co-authored  by David J. Anderson.  The announcement describes the course this way:

This 2-day class will offer you significant new insights into how to optimize the effectiveness of your business, to produce fit-for-purpose products and services that delight your customers, making them loyal to your brand and increasing your share, revenues and margins, and to evaluate depth of Kanban implementations.

In Boyd’s terminology, “delight your customers, making them loyal to your brand and increasing your share, revenues and margins” is the Schwerpunkt. Everything else you do must support this objective, because if you can’t do this, then everything else you do is waste.

The philosophy of Fit for Purpose rests on the same foundation as other “lean” methodologies, such as the Toyota Production and Development Systems, and, for that matter, as the USMC doctrine of maneuver warfare (a subject I treat in some detail in Certain to Win).  This foundation sometimes goes by the acronym “EBFAS,” which is somewhat explained in an earlier post.  It turns out that companies that use this foundation — whether they got the ideas from Boyd or from other authors (e.g., Stalk & Hout, Tom Peters, Stephen Bungay) or discovered them on their own (Toyota & probably Apple) — have extraordinary capabilities to delight customers and so shape the marketplace.

I should confess to being less than unbiased.  I know David Anderson, have taught in a couple of his courses, reviewed the book Fit for Purpose, and am mentioned in it. Even so, I highly recommend this course no matter what field or industry you’re in.  It’s probably as close to a Boyd Symposium as we’ll get this year.

LeanKanban University has announced four sessions of Fit for Purpose during the first half of the year: February 25-26 and May 23-24 in Bilbao, Spain, April 8-9 in Hamburg, and May 20-21 in Seattle. Here’s a link to the schedule for all their leadership / management courses.

2 thoughts on “New course on implementation from LeanKanban University

  1. Hey Chet, great post. On Facebook and elsewhere, I am always pushing EBFAS and exploring it’s various elements. I get it, and once you start seeing the world through that lens, it makes perfect sense.

    My question is if Boyd developed EBFAS after the interview with Balck and Mellenthin? Also, what military units or companies did you and Boyd and others identify that had the best EBFAS out there? Is there a model company and/or unit that folks can look too and emulate? Who impresses you these days?

    Finally, I am very much interested in culture within companies and military units. Did you guys explore the best ways to change the organizational culture of a company back then? Like how do you change a company’s culture to an EBFAS optimized culture or organization? Thanks and take care. -matt

    • Hi Matt — I know that the “B” — Behendigkeit — came after those interviews, but it was about 10 years after so probably not directly because of them. As for companies, I never thought I’d be writing this, but I think Microsoft is doing a pretty good job under Satya Nadella nowadays.

      As for culture change, Boyd was, of course, aware of the German experience and of the USMC in the late 1980s, but he never came up with a general theory. For one thing, two data points form far too small a data set for meaningful extrapolation. For another, circumstances vary so widely among units and companies. Which is why so many gurus make a good living selling advice.

      You might look into Dean Lenane’s manuscript and briefing on our Articles page.

      Good luck!

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