As a lean business consultant, Leslie Barker approaches design thinking as a process of exploration. When a challenge occurs, examine it from multiple angles. In some cases, the process isn’t just about finding answers but coming up with better questions. Band-aid solutions rarely work in business—you have to get to the root of the problem.
By leveraging methods like Kaizen and Six Sigma, lean business consultant Leslie Barker guides organizations through the three most important aspects of design thinking:
Many of the answers implemented by businesses fail because they do not address underlying issues. Causes are assumed. In design thinking, testing hypotheses and assumptions are part of the process. By determining the root cause of a problem, it’s possible to come up with multiple solutions and then determine which best fits your needs, accounting for specifics like software requirements, team capacity, learning curve, etc.
As a lean business consultant, Leslie leverages her experience, drilling down into the details to frame problems that are unknown or poorly understood. Once a problem is defined, it’s possible to come up with actionable, scalable solutions that can dramatically improve outputs and processes. Ready to learn more?
I've had the pleasure of working with Leslie on a project to double our company's revenue over a 5 year period. Leslie worked with the senior team, not only to develop the strategy to achieve our goals but to build the teams capabilities in order to execute using Lean methodology...With Leslie's expertise and guidance in problem solving and PDCA we achieved our goals...
Leslie and her team bring a high level professionalism and in-depth knowledge on developing high efficiency workplaces. I have worked with Lean Expansion on many occasions, across various industries, in all cases, Leslie’s ability to coach and mentor across all levels of an organization stands out. The results have been remarkable, most importantly, coming from the teams and individuals she has coached. We can all improve, Lean Expansion is able to help us define our goals and exceed them.
Leslie challenges organizations to consider the systems that will support thinking patterns and routines for success. The teaching and coaching I received from Leslie changed me forever, helping me see with new eyes.
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