Definition:: A driver is that which motivates us into action: what is happening in a specific situation and what’s needed.
Responses to a Driver
- the response to a driver always involves the adaptation of an existing agreement, or creation of a new one, including:
- changing the plan: adding a task or project
- adaptation or creation of a role
- creation of a new circle
- driver review is delegated to new circle
Drivers Are Subject to Regular Review
- Is the description of the current reality correct?
- Do we still associate the same needs with the current reality?
- Is the driver still within our domain?
- Is the driver still relevant?
Sociocracy 3.0 and Lean Thinking
Value and Waste
Definition: The importance, worth or usefulness of something for satisfaction of a driver.
- value is not an inherent property as it only exists in relation to a driver
- value can be quantified by measuring the progression towards satisfaction of a driver
- value is not necessarily expressed in currency or time
- continuous improvement of processes is focused on optimizing the flow of value through an organization
Definition: Waste is anything not necessary (essential) for - or standing in the way of - effective satisfaction of a driver.
Adopting the concept of value and waste makes many tools and ideas from lean production and lean software development available to support organizations running on Sociocracy 3.0:
- value stream mapping
- various strategies for eliminating waste
- the Kanban Method
Waste and Continuous Improvement
- Establishing a process for ongoing elimination of waste enables natural evolution of an organization towards greater effectiveness
- Adaptation to changing environment is built into the process
- waste exist in many different forms and on different levels of abstraction
- tasks, processes, organizational structure, mental models…
- some tensions reveal waste
- learning to identify waste is a journey
- along the way we also learn how to evolve our drivers