The goal: creating a net-positive company
The company has decided in principle to become more sustainable and make all their products circular. Beyond the significant competitive edge that this would mean, Management was keen to not just eliminate its environmental harm but to become a net-positive company for the sake of society, suppliers and staff.
The problem was the lack of time and dedicated point person for investing in a challenge of this magnitude. Achieving it seemed overwhelming, expensive and, at times, elusive.
A 4-day Sprint meeting was called with a deadline to deliver a project plan that would attain this goal within a pre-set financial budget, which was prepared beforehand. The plan was to be presented to the Board’s sub-committee at 10 am on Friday, the fifth day of the Sprint, and either accepted or declined in whole.
Over the course of the four days, 16 staff members including engineering, procurement, human resources and sales worked together, at times in parallel, at a location outside the main office without access to phones, distracting messages or interfering colleagues. A plan with over 400 action points spanning the entire supply chain, production and operations, and sales operations was presented at exactly 10:07 am on Friday. By 12:45 pm, just in time for lunch, the plan was accepted in its entirety, and kicked off on Monday, at 9 am.