Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Lean Gelateria | Part 9 | Myths Not to Lean on

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I find it interesting to learn more and more about gelato just as I think about the different aspects of Lean. Sharing thoughts, connecting my thoughts with different flavors of gelato and landing in the world of Lean is a wonderful writing experience. I have made this happen over the first eight parts of this series.

In 2001, I wrote a post on Agile Myths  leading to several comments from readers like you. If you haven’t yet, read it. Also read the first eight parts of this series. Myths exist in every field. Knowing and thinking through myths is a very good learning experience. There are several myths related to gelato too. Here are some examples.
  1. Gelato is not good for health. Gelato is fattening.
  2. Gelato aggravates cold. Don’t eat gelato when you have cold.
  3. You have to visit Italy to find the best gelato in the world.
  4. Gelato is not for diabetics. There is no diabetic-friendly gelato.
  5. Gelato makes you happy! (Well, if you visit the right shop you will find that this is not a myth.)

Next time when you visit your favorite gelateria, try Hazelnut Gelato. Hazelnuts are the nuts of the hazle tree.  According to Wikipedia, Ferrero SpA, the maker of Nutella and Ferrero Rocher, uses 25% of the global supply of hazelnuts. And hazelnut comes with several essential nutrients including protein, phosphorous, manganese, zinc and magnesium.

Just as there are myths related to gelato, there are myths related to Lean.  Here are some interesting ones I wanted to share.
  1. Lean is about doing more with less. It is about cost cutting and job losses.
  2. Lean is about following a set of prescribed processes and tools.
  3. Lean can prevent all problems.
  4. Lean is best suited for manufacturing environments.
  5. Lean is about waste reduction only.
  6. Lean means more work per team member.
  7. Lean implementation in software projects cannot be done without a specialized software or a tool.

  1. Five Lean Myths and the Reality of Thinking Lean -
  2. Top 10 Lean Manufacturing Myths -

I know, for many of us these myths could be eye-openers.  Also, I guess you have come across some more myths on Lean. Please feel free to share those in your comments.