One of the central tenets of Lean Manufacturing is to perform work in small batches.
Smaller batch sizes result in
– Fewer defects
– Satisfied customers
– Happy employees
When a piece of work is small, it is easy to figure out if something doesn’t work as expected. It is easy to push it out to customers faster than they expect. Also, it is satisfying as an employee to be done with it and cross it off your list.
Amazon is known to make thousands of changes to its website each day. Yet, as a user, you don’t notice those changes. This is because each change is a micro-change – so small that it often escapes your notice as a user.
A defining trait of a good manager is the ability to take a large chunk of work and divide it into small meaningful batches for their team to finish.