Developing Lean Leaders at All Levels | Book Series


The Lean Leadership Development Model (LLDM) presented in this book is intuitive, and aligns well with accepted principles of operational excellence. It expands significantly on the elements of Lean, structuring them in a more specific way that can be operationalized by lean practitioners.

You can learn everything you want about the Toyota Way; you can implement the tools they have created, but if you do not have the behaviors established within your culture, it will not be successful for long-term sustainment of operational excellence. Leadership must walk the talk of true north in every aspect of the Lean Leadership Development Model (LLDM) as conveyed in detail by Dr. Liker in this recent Shingo Award Winning Book.

In Developing Lean Leaders at all Levels we build on the theory in the original book, The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership, and answer the questions: How can I apply this in my organization? What concrete actions can I take to begin the journey of becoming a lean leader? How can I spread this learning to all parts of the organization? What critical tools are needed to turn the theory to practice? This book adds examples from over twenty years of experience by Dr. Liker in working with companies outside of Toyota.


Jeffrey K. Liker, George Trachilis

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Scrum + Evo | Glossary


Scrum+Evo practices are compatible with Scrum. In reality, we practically implement Scrum, but not in full. Though every aspect of Scrum is followed, at some point Scrum does not specifically discuss the specification methods, and thus the Evo’s Planguage is used.

What is Evo? Evo is the short form of Evolutionary Value Delivery, which was created by the creators of Agile Manifesto. During 1960s, Evo was intuitively used as a main project method. Evo was then and now used with a purpose to deliver tangible results to the stakeholders. Evo is merely a specialized variant of the powerful PDSA cycle of Deming/ Shewhatt used in 1950s. The key idea behind using Evo is learning and change, not by retrospectives but using hard measured facts such as numeric feedback with values and costs. Evo is focused on delivering measurable multiple value requirements to the customers and stakeholders.

Further Reading:

Book: Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide by Craig Larman