Monday, August 27, 2012

Marginal gains

If you are regular reader you will have noticed a number of cycling related posts.  One because I'm a cyclist from the UK and the success of British cyclists excites me.  And two because of the kaizen approach that British cycling takes to winning, this approach is know as "Aggregation of marginal gains".  Sound familiar?

Generally I've been able to read about the tech and training approach of the team.  Today I got a chance to read a little more about the overall approach of the team.
  • “Firstly, you need a team with the skills and motivation to succeed”
  • “Secondly, you need to understand what you want to achieve”
  • “Thirdly, you need to understand where you are now”
  • “Then, you need to put a plan in place to see how you can get from where you are now to what you want to achieve”
  • “Also, it’s important to understand the ‘aggregation of marginal gains’.  Put simply….how small improvements in a number of different aspects of what we do can have a huge impact to the overall performance of the team.”
These 5 points are a great combination of Lean thinking and also many of the lessons from Jim Collins book Good to Great. 
Full article over here  -

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