Lean Coffee started in Seattle in 2009. Not Surprising, since this is where Starbucks started. Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith wanted to start a group that would use Lean techniques to discuss topics of interest with like-minded people – instead of starting a whole new cumbersome organization with steering committees, speakers, and such. They wanted a group that did not rely on anything other than open-minded people showing up and wanting to learn or create.
While nothing can improve upon a Lean Coffee™ with physical post-it notes and markers at a table – we want to enable distributed teams to use virtual Personal Kanban to conduct rapid and effective conversations.
LeanCoffeeBrew also supports other Lean and collaborative formats with tangible outcomes. In these different formats, the setup will be different. Please refer to the Help menu for further details.
We use Lean Coffee™ with our clients to facilitate retrospectives, communities of practice, open spaces, etc. We have found it is a great way to drive energized, effective discussions on topics that are high priority and interest for the participants.
However, in today's world, more and more people are working from different locations or remote. Face-to-Face collaboration is becoming increasingly challenging and expensive. We tried tools like WebEx, Skype, and other online meeting tools, but all of them are more suited for presentations and providing updates. So, we decided to write our own cloud application based on the effective Lean Coffee™ method. If you have suggestions on how to improve the tool, please contact us and share your thoughts.