I've been a student of GTD for a couple years now. Definitely still consider myself a novice. I think I have the basic methodology down but been working on understanding the philosophy of it better. Just finished "Lean Thinking" by Womack and Jones recently to learn more about running an efficient company and now trying to grasp what implications "lean thinking" has for my personal GTD.
Anyone out there familiar w/ the principle? Anyone tried to apply it to GTD? I have a feeling some of the philosophy is the same - but can't wrap my head around it just yet b/c somethings don't seem aligned.
For example - kanban (wikipedia link) is a concept of using a board and cards to monitor specific tasks flowing thru a system. In a GTD sense, it could be a NOW box, preceded by a Next Action box.
When Now is empty - pull a card form the Next Action box. The two methodologies seem aligned so far. Where it gets a little confusing for me is this concept of "pull vs. push".
In lean thinking - the boxes operate in "Pull" form - that is, the NOW box dictates when something is taken from the Next Action box. Nothing is ever done in Next Action unless NOW specifies it to.
In GTD though, the concept seems to be push base? That is, we fill the Next Action box first - and then it gets "pushed" to NOW whenever it's empty (based on context).
Am I understanding the two methodologies wrong or are they truly misaligned principles?