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Deborah McGee

Deborah McGee

Learning Activities Manager, Lean Enterprise Institute

Deborah McGee is the Learning Activities Manager responsible for receiving and exploring inquiries for support and collaboration with LEI. The work involves gaining an understanding of the problem to solve, the current situation, what has been tried, and an awareness of the objectives and constraints people are working within. Receiving and approaching each inquiry situationally using an A3 structure enables Deb to connect people with all aspects of LEI's education resources including online learning, keynotes, workshop selection, customized training programs, development plans, coaches and other resources to support capability development according to their unique needs. A lifelong learner, A3 coach to LEI's partners, and workshop facilitator for LEI's A3 course, Deborah is passionate about helping people to articulate what problem they're trying to solve, and effectively move through the thinking and practice to solve/ resolve/ dissolve their problems, building capability for gaining alignment, coaching, and critical thinking. Prior to joining LEI, Deb served as a Project Manager for 13 years with a Boston-based Manufacturing & Technology company. She brings a practical understanding of lean thinking and application having learned about lean through classroom learning, shop floor application, and 1:1 coaching. She contributed to enterprise (office) and shop floor transformations, product line development, and organizational growth through teamwork and complex problem solving, improving the quality of life and work through lean thinking and practice.

Articles by Deborah McGee
Book Review: Four Types of Problems
If you are developing a problem solver in your personal life or on your team, or if you’re continuously developing as a problem solver yourself, the new book Four Types of Problems will guide and support growth through active reading, application and reflection, says lean thinker Deb McGee. More »
What Are the Most Valuable Ways You Learned Lean?
Each approach to learning lean brings value into my work and improves my capabilities. There isn’t one way (for me) to get there. Each situation called for a different approach, and each approach to learning showed me a different dimension, making lean thinking more accessible, deepening my understanding and developing my practice, says Deb McGee. More »
Back-to-School Lean: Lunchbox Kanban
Lean thinking is just as impactful on the home front as it is at work. In honor of back-to-school season, LEI Learning Activities Manager Deb McGee shares her experimentations and learnings from transferring the work to the front line, freeing up time and building capability through lean thinking and practice -- her family's lunchbox kanban! More »
5 Ways My Thinking Changed With the Help of a Lean Coach
"Coaching for development is different than being managed," writes Deborah McGee. "Lean coaching in our case was not directing an improvement swat team or teaching lean workshops… It was a steadfast commitment to people, and to developing capability versus creating dependency.  " More »
Make the Shift: From “Churn and Burn” to Learn
Already practicing PDCA? Not so familiar with it? "If you’re not squarely in the PDCA camp, please accept this invitation to join!," writes Deborah McGee. "Begin anywhere, begin today and humbly let the next task you master become one you learn from.  " More »
The Obstacle is the Path
Deborah McGee, LEI's Learning Activities Manager, reflects on the most common obstacles she sees people facing when they first try to introduce lean ideas in their organization. McGee offers guidance on how to skillfully persevere despite resistance. More »
Workshops Taught by Deborah McGee
Managing to Learn Remotely: A3 Management - At Your Pace, At Your Place By attending this remote workshop, you and your classmates will be led by seasoned coaches one section at a time. Allowing you the space & time you need to reflect and apply the learning along the way. This approach helps you solve real problems at your company by collecting real-time data, collaborating with colleagues, and gathering feedback and support from peers and senior coaches. More »
Managing to Learn: The Use of the A3 Management Process (at the 2019 Lean Summit) First participants will explore the requirements of sound A3 thinking and management by following the stages of learning illustrated in Managing To Learn (MTL). MTL describes how a young manager learns to handle a significant problem-solving responsibility by creating an A3 that earns him the authority to address the problem in the ways he proposes. This occurs as he is coached on his problem solving and A3 thinking by his boss and mentor. He steadily uses the knowledge he is learning to revise his initial "jump-to-a-solution" A3 into an effective PDCA story. Participants will examine how the A3 changes with each revision, More »