Or suddenly sees things that they never saw before.
It means that the student is thinking in a different way…in a leaner way.
Sometimes this drives interesting behavior. Like following a car that has a license plate containing what perhaps has a lean message. Then, finally tracking the car within a side of the road parking lot and snapping a picture of that license with their cell phone.
Several relatively new lean practitioners did just that. They believed that this particular license plate had cleverly captured the lean axiom of, “no problem is big problem.”
Pretty cool, huh?
Of course, they later determined that the license plate was really about P = NP, a major unsolved problem in computer science.
Hey, it’s the thought that counts.
And, of course, it was funny as heck.