BSA LifeStuructures has been on a Lean journey for more than 10 years, beginning with the introduction to Lean thinking as a team member on the first Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)  project with an Integrated Form of Agreement (IFoA)  contract in Indiana. There are many lessons we have learned over the last decade as we implement Lean in our daily work and continuously improve the way we manage and deliver projects.
As Lean Innovators and Early Adopters on the change curve, learning about the Lean tools is natural for us, but learning how to effectively implement them within a firm or project team is not. As the ambassadors and teachers of new techniques and thought processes, we need to consider the best approach. Adult learners respond to new ideas and education differently. Approaching change and education without a lesson plan can lead to anarchy in the classroom. Developing a thoughtful plan can help not only the students but the teachers too. Understanding how the people on your team prefer to learn and where they are on the change curve (see Rogers Adoption Curve below)  is the first step in developing an education plan. This is the difference between successfully getting across the chasm or falling into the pit of failure and despair.
Our lessons in Lean led BSA to develop a proprietary project management process, PM7. The 7 must haves of Project Management:
What was thought to be a no-brainer progression in our processes has been met with resistance and setbacks, but setbacks aren’t always a bad thing. We see them as opportunities for adjusting, improving, and moving forward with a stronger approach. Our resistance and setbacks came in many forms.
“What’s wrong with the way we’ve managed work for the last 40 years?” / “Where does design fit into this process?” / “What if my project isn’t IPD?”
We realized we needed to start over with some of the ABCs of Lean:
We are still on our journey, and the education plan is continuing to evolve to capture everyone’s support and create true transformational improvement. It’s not perfect, but we’re working towards perfection every day – we are building on our successes and learning from our setbacks.