Use Processes for Making Decisions
In every project management methodology, there are steps, phases, and processes an effective leader utilizes to achieve the desired result. In Six Sigma, both DMAIC and DMEDI phases include decision-making skills via milestones achieved throughout the project through analyzing, defining, and improving. In Agile projects, user stories help project managers analyze input in order to make decisions on what outcomes are expected.
When using 5S best practices, those five Japanese action words, Seiri (Sort), Seiton (Set in Order), Seiso (Shine), Seiketsu (Standardize), and Shitsuke (Sustain) are actually the tools your teams use to stay organized, streamlined and with interjection from your direction; all include decision-making skills at one level or another.
In a Kaizen blitz or Agile sprint, if the purpose is to continually improve a process, method, or element of a project, shouldn’t these blitzes and sprints also be considered effective steps for making good decisions?
Consider using these phases or stages of your project that are part of your methodology as a way to help you make better decisions—it really works more than you think.
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