How Does Strategy Remove Waste?

This fall, we’re going to be hosting a series of Zoom Calls (register here, they’re free) unpacking Kaas Tailored’s Daily Management System (DMS). Each month we’ll dive into a different element of our DMS so that you can start to see what it takes to build a DMS. This month, we’re talking about strategy and how starting with the right strategy will set your team up for success when it comes to adopting a DMS.

How Do You Develop a Strategy?

At Kaas Tailored, when it comes to creating a DMS, the first step in the process is developing your strategy. This means first defining “who we are as a company” and “who we want to become.” Next, it’s important to identify, understand, and choose helpful thinking models so that your team has a shared way of communicating complex ideas that everyone understands. And finally, it’s important to choose the tools you’ll need to get there.

Determine Your Mission

At Kaas Tailored, our mission is to be a platform for human potential to come alive and thrive. Because we know this, we make decisions that align with our mission. You can uncover your mission by answering the questions “who are we as a company” and “who do we want to become?” This gives the team the ability to know if they are rowing in the same direction. Without a mission clearly defined, you may find it easy to get distracted from what is important for the organization.

Choose Your Thinking Models

It’s important to establish thinking models. Thinking models are tools we’ve adopted to help us make sure we can communicate across a diverse group of people to be able to create meaning. Thinking models help speed up the process of understanding and they create a shared way of communicating so that everyone understands. At Kaas, we use thinking models like, “today, tomorrow, day-after-tomorrow,” KRAF, and the Laws to Outcome model. We teach these thinking models to our teams to help us use a shared language so that everyone has a shared way of both communicating and understanding information.

Choose Your Lean Tools

When it comes to continuous improvement, before you decide all the tools you want to use (things like huddles, Kaizen, Agile, and Kata), it’s important to know where you are going as a people. When you know where you are going, you can then choose the right tools to help you get there. These tools will look vastly different between organizations based on their specific contexts and mission.

Choosing a Strategy Helps Remove Waste

When you start with strategy, you’re able to remove waste within your system by communicating to your team where you are trying to go, who you are trying to become, and why you are doing what you’re doing. It allows the whole team to migrate together in the same direction with less waste.

If you’d like to learn more about creating a strategy for your DMS, sign up for our Strategy Zoom Call happening on October 14th, follow along with this series, and consider signing up for a Virtual Waste Tour.