From Toyota, to AirBus, to Wrike: The Lean Journey of Errette Dunn

As the host of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast, I get to know a LOT of people in the PM industry.

One thing that always amazes me is to learn about the journey that each professional goes through to get to where they are.  Some start in Engineering school, others have degrees in Journalism, some have no degree at all.  They work for small companies, large corporations, government agencies, or even as consultants or coaches.

Each story is absolutely fascinating.

My guest on today’s episode of the show is a prime example of this phenomenon.  Errette Dunn has had an incredible career. It started at Toyota, where he was exposed to the creators of lean manufacturing. From there, he moved on to AirBus, where they were making a shift to lean approaches.  As a member of the Wrike team today, Errette helps his clients become insanely productive, and their teams extremely well connected through effective communication.

If you ever wondered where Agile, Lean, and traditional PM principles intersect, make sure to take a listen by pressing the “play” button above this post.

Errette Dunn

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Errette Dunn joined Wrike in mid-2014 as Principal Consultant. He helps Wrike’s customers to become insanely productive by leveraging Lean principles, Agile Project Management methods and Wrike’s real-time platform.

Previously, he worked at Toyota Motor Company and then Airbus Group, where he led the development of Lean practices across diverse business functions in Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales and Business Support. He has coached managers that oversee five to 70,000 employees, in 17 different countries.

Errette earned his MBA from IESE Business School and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Panamericana. He’s fluent in Spanish and French and has been told his English isn’t bad. He lives in Mountain View with his wife and four kids.

Must Read PM Articles of the Week

On this episode, Dave Gordon from the Practicing ITPM shares with us his picks for the “must read” articles related to project management have been published in the last few days.  You can find the link to his articles here.

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Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam Prep 6:49:25 21
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Risk Management Professional (RMP) Exam Prep 3:33:11 14
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  • Thanks for this interview and episode, Cesar! As another project manager with extensive experience in the aerospace industry, I enjoyed hearing Errette’s perspective a lot. Great discussion about the value, tradeoffs, and flawed applications of the lean startup / agile approach too!

    • Cesar Abeid

      Thanks Brett! Don’t forget to check out Wrike. They’re doing great work.

  • I was surprised that he said Japanese teams are inflexible when it comes to risk and project description. http://www.thestartupweb.com

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