When we think of Lean 3P are minds drift automatically to Lean Design and Lean Product Development. That is the purpose of it; Production, Preparation, Process. As a result, we deliver not only a better product/service to the customer but also to our own internal organization. However, unbeknownst me, I encountered a Lean 3P Evangelist when interviewing, Dan McDonnell, co-author of Unleashing the Power of 3P: The Key to Breakthrough Improvement. Dan expands the use of Lean 3P into other areas or as he would anywhere to drive effective change. He was so convincing that after the podcast, I started reviewing a few of my own methods of driving change.
An excerpt from the podcast, when I asked Dan to sum up Lean 3P:
I've been driving Lean or a student of Lean and learning since 1988. In some cases, I feel like a poor student, but I'll tell you what, I've become a true believer in this thing called the 3P process. I've come to believe that this can be an absolute game changer for companies, to the point where I can't even imagine why anybody would think about driving a major change program without doing it the 3P way, to the point where I've become almost evangelic about it in my own company and through the community.
About Dan: Dan McDonnell began his career at a small high-tech firm in Canada, where he initially practiced Lean through a myriad of manufacturing assignments to the level of VP Operations. He spent 14 years with General Electric Company, where he served as a Plant Manager, and eventually as a Manufacturing GM, for 11 different factories over that period. He served for three years as the Manager of the Lean Initiative for GE Transportation where his deep experience with 3P really began. Dan is currently the Vice President of Operational Excellence for Ingersoll Rand.