Management 3.0: Lean Management for the 21st century

Management 3.0: Lean Management for the 21st century

Since the arrival of Agile many people have tried to kill management; without much success, I must admit. But, in Lean, managers have always been a key part of the picture, actually, the foundation of the whole lean building.


In many Agile adoptions, consultants and coaches complain about managers. They are seen as obstacles, they are regarded as part of the problem. But, what do we do to help them? Not much in reality.

In order to help the organization learn, we need to train, mentor and coach managers in lean thinking so they can get involved and be the change agents and leaders of change. Because, you don’t want to have full-time Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches forever in your organization. That would mean you didn’t learn anything.

Managament is here to stay, and we need to rethink and adapt how agile organizations want to deal with that. 

I must admit there are real successful companies without hierarchies and managers, like W.L. Gore or The Morningstar Corporation. But, they represent tiny part of all the companies that ever existed, and despite the arrival of approaches like Sociocracy, Holacracy or Laloux, nothing much seems to be changing.

And there are also very successful companies with great management, like Amazon, Google or Toyota.

So, the problem is not management but what managers do.

We believe management is needed, but not the traditional management from 20th century. We need managers who are coaches and teachers.

In the 21st century a new way of management is required. Well, it is not new, it was called Lean Management 40 years ago, and still works and is more important than ever was.

Lean Thinking

The goal of Lean is to sustainably deliver to our customers high-quality products on time by engaging everyone in the organization with most customer delight, lowest cost a high morale.

To achieve this goal we rely on Lean Management. We need to develop Lean Leadership competence, so management can act upon the two pillars of Lean: Respect for People and Continuous Improvement.

And this is what we have in our oficial Management 3.0 training:

  • Lean Management (Agile Management)
  • Systems Thinking
  • Energize people
  • Empower teams
  • Align constraints
  • Develop Competence
  • Improve everything

We also bring to you an awesome chapter about OKR (Objectives and Key Results) as part of the Alignment section.

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