Systems Thinking Just-In-Time

Time: Friday Oct 4th from 1:30PM to 3:00PM

Location: Mt. Hood

Speaker(s): Kjell van Zoen and David Hall, Ph.D.

Whether at home or at work, we all to often succumb to doing things before we need to. We take our valuable time to work on something that can wait only to find out later that the parameters have changed. We buy materials for something we plan to do in the future but plans change. We analyze the per-piece cost and buy in bulk to save money.

However, when you apply systems thinking and account for branching effects (i.e., one action has more than one effect), the true cost often outweighs the financial savings. Lean just-in-time thinking is a way of applying systems thinking to anything we do by asking the simple question “do we need to do/buy/acquire this right now, or can it wait”? Every time we wait, we save time and/or raw material from being extracted from Earth. These small savings add up, significantly reducing our ecological impact, and can free up time and resources to invest in other opportunities to create a more sustainable, regenerative society.

Find out how you can transform your decision-making process around when and how much to do/buy to one rooted in systems thinking just-in-time.