Steal This Idea: The Five Whys

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May 12, 2015

Steal This Idea: The Five Whys

Given at Customers FTW! in Boston MA on May 12, 2015

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May 12, 2015
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  1. steal this idea the five whys @saouderkirk // s12k.com Hello

  2. who is this dude? @saouderkirk // s12k.com Automattic / WordPress.com

    hospitality = data + growth - intro self, a8c - “here’s really all you need to know about me.” - A: olark slack emoji
  3. who is this dude? @saouderkirk // s12k.com Automattic / WordPress.com

    hospitality = data + growth - intro self, a8c - “here’s really all you need to know about me.” - A: olark slack emoji
  4. let’s talk about lean @saouderkirk // s12k.com - “the term

    ‘lean’ gets thrown around a lot” - What does it mean to you? Anybody? - Chat on this for a second - Lean as we know it starts, arguably, with the TPS.
  5. tons of lessons from toyota @saouderkirk // s12k.com for today

    we’ll just look at one - talk about TPS briefly - reduce waste, tons and tons to learn, still
  6. the five whys @saouderkirk // s12k.com Toyota Six Sigma Lean

    Startup Gamestorming - this concept shows up in a lot of places - since so many folks have found value in it, let’s steal it!
  7. root cause analysis @saouderkirk // s12k.com - Explain big idea

    of how it works - identify a shortfall or defect, and ask why five times - At the core, we can think of the Five Whys as a way to seek the root cause of a problem or defect - there are lots of ways to seek a root cause, this is only one
  8. act like a child @saouderkirk // s12k.com - it essentially

    lets you act like a child - which is awesome - let’s talk about an example
  9. seven stars @saouderkirk // s12k.com - worked here for a

    few years when i lived in PVD - if you find yourself in PVD you should go - huge issue @ 7S was the line - we’ve all been in a cafe with a crazy line right? - let’s walk through five whys for this problem
  10. @saouderkirk // s12k.com We struggle with long lines on busy

    days. Why? Each customer tends to take quite a long time to get their order. Why? Because we have a single line for coffee, pastry and bread. Why? Because we have a single employee stay with each customer through each area, in order. Why? Because that is the way they were trained. Why? Because we haven’t revisited our training program. Root cause: Old Training in a New Context
  11. we can see how this applies right? @saouderkirk // s12k.com

    - let’s see a software dev example
  12. @saouderkirk // s12k.com Root cause: It Depends - A2: move

    in saying no - the cause may be a broad cultural or managerial one - A3: move out saying no - A4: move in new PM - it’s not only OK, but rewarding to move through the 5W exercise a few times, to explore and answer in different ways.
  13. @saouderkirk // s12k.com The latest release is getting terrible app

    store ratings. Why? Root cause: It Depends - A2: move in saying no - the cause may be a broad cultural or managerial one - A3: move out saying no - A4: move in new PM - it’s not only OK, but rewarding to move through the 5W exercise a few times, to explore and answer in different ways.
  14. @saouderkirk // s12k.com The latest release is getting terrible app

    store ratings. Why? Root cause: It Depends Because our customers can’t log in. Why? - A2: move in saying no - the cause may be a broad cultural or managerial one - A3: move out saying no - A4: move in new PM - it’s not only OK, but rewarding to move through the 5W exercise a few times, to explore and answer in different ways.
  15. @saouderkirk // s12k.com The latest release is getting terrible app

    store ratings. Why? Root cause: It Depends Because our customers can’t log in. Why? Because the login flow was not worked on this release. Why? - A2: move in saying no - the cause may be a broad cultural or managerial one - A3: move out saying no - A4: move in new PM - it’s not only OK, but rewarding to move through the 5W exercise a few times, to explore and answer in different ways.
  16. @saouderkirk // s12k.com The latest release is getting terrible app

    store ratings. Why? Root cause: It Depends Because our customers can’t log in. Why? Because the login flow was not worked on this release. Why? Because our mobile devs had a ton of new code. Why? - A2: move in saying no - the cause may be a broad cultural or managerial one - A3: move out saying no - A4: move in new PM - it’s not only OK, but rewarding to move through the 5W exercise a few times, to explore and answer in different ways.
  17. @saouderkirk // s12k.com The latest release is getting terrible app

    store ratings. Why? Root cause: It Depends Because our customers can’t log in. Why? Because the login flow was not worked on this release. Why? Because our mobile devs had a ton of new code. Why? Because we added too many features. Why? - A2: move in saying no - the cause may be a broad cultural or managerial one - A3: move out saying no - A4: move in new PM - it’s not only OK, but rewarding to move through the 5W exercise a few times, to explore and answer in different ways.
  18. @saouderkirk // s12k.com The latest release is getting terrible app

    store ratings. Why? Root cause: It Depends Because we are bad at saying no. Because our customers can’t log in. Why? Because the login flow was not worked on this release. Why? Because our mobile devs had a ton of new code. Why? Because we added too many features. Why? - A2: move in saying no - the cause may be a broad cultural or managerial one - A3: move out saying no - A4: move in new PM - it’s not only OK, but rewarding to move through the 5W exercise a few times, to explore and answer in different ways.
  19. @saouderkirk // s12k.com The latest release is getting terrible app

    store ratings. Why? Root cause: It Depends Because our customers can’t log in. Why? Because the login flow was not worked on this release. Why? Because our mobile devs had a ton of new code. Why? Because we added too many features. Why? - A2: move in saying no - the cause may be a broad cultural or managerial one - A3: move out saying no - A4: move in new PM - it’s not only OK, but rewarding to move through the 5W exercise a few times, to explore and answer in different ways.
  20. @saouderkirk // s12k.com The latest release is getting terrible app

    store ratings. Why? Root cause: It Depends Because we have a new product manager. Because our customers can’t log in. Why? Because the login flow was not worked on this release. Why? Because our mobile devs had a ton of new code. Why? Because we added too many features. Why? - A2: move in saying no - the cause may be a broad cultural or managerial one - A3: move out saying no - A4: move in new PM - it’s not only OK, but rewarding to move through the 5W exercise a few times, to explore and answer in different ways.
  21. great tool for the toolbox @saouderkirk // s12k.com - Feature

    (not bug) of 5W is that you get out what you put in - If you do it a few times, noodling with answers and pursuing other paths, may strike gold - it is not the end-all, but it is a great exercise to do solo or with a group. - one tool for your toolbox
  22. further reading @saouderkirk // s12k.com