Pesto for Project Managers (in under 8 minutes)

Bowl by
Bowl by

Here is the perfect recipe for the keen project manager. I’ve applied Lean Project Management methodology to the recipe for Pesto to maximise customer value (it’s yummy) and minimise waste (especially time – homemade is so much better than store-bought, but seems a hassle to make – or does it ….?)

You can follow the text below, or just watch the video to see how it is done.

We’re eradicating as much waste as possible. And we are going to do it in an iterative way. So each time you make Pesto you aim to shave seconds off your Personal Best, and adapt the quantities to increase the flavour.

In particular we are going to avoid these wastes:

Travel: pre-position your ingredients and tools, making sure your food processor is right next to your hob to minimise time travelling across the kitchen during the cooking process.

Gold plating: the goal is to maximise the yumminess of Pesto. You are the customer, so you are the judge of what’s worth doing.  I like my pine nuts toasted so this recipe allows for toasting.  If you don’t care about toasted nuts – forget it and save more time.  You can waste a lot of time taking leaves off the stems.  I only cut off the tough bottom bits. Fine measurement of ingredients is unnecessary. You can’t have too much Pesto – so instead of following a pernickety recipe specifying “50g of basil leaves” [how on earth are you supposed to measure 50g of basil leaves?!?] always make the same quantity.

Waiting: It saves time if you do as much as possible simultaneously, rather than following a series of consecutive processes. And because toasting the nuts takes the longest time, you aim to complete all the other steps by the time the nuts are browned.

OK – here we go.

Put a hand-full of Pine Nuts (about 125g if you really want to measure) in a frying pan and cook on low heat.

While they are toasting, take 2 big hands-full of Basil. If you are removing stems, keep the basil in the bags and cut off the bottom of the stems while still in the bag.  This opens the bag and keeps the basil together. (You can save more time by cutting all 2-3 bags together in one chop.) Using ready washed saves a lot of time. Chuck the Basil in the processor and, while you are blending, tip some olive oil on top with a pinch of salt and lots of pepper (I like pepper!). Use just enough oil to keep the leaves from sticking to the sides.

Toss the nuts around the frying pan to ensure they toast evenly. You want to judge your heat so they do not cook too quickly and you have time to complete all the other steps before they have browned to ease the flow of your manufacturing process.

Crush 2-4 cloves of garlic.  You can save time by putting raw garlic in your Pesto (in which case you need fewer cloves).  I prefer to take the edge off the garlic by giving them a quick cook.  You are the customer so do what is tastiest for you.

Squeeze juice from half a lemon into the food processor. Not strictly necessary, but I think lemon adds a lot of taste to everything (and so does my Mum): value to the customer.

Grate Parmesan or Grana Padana cheese using a pyramidal grater positioned on your cutting board.  This keeps the cheese in one place, saving waste and giving you a way of measuring it.  I grate until the cheese comes halfway up a 16cm high grater. You may want more or less according to taste – and you may have to adjust depending on the strength of the cheese you use. Once grated, slide the grater with cheese inside across the chopping board straight into the processor – no wastage.

My personal assistant, Bubble, “helping” me review some project plans.

Now there is a potential problem here.  My trusty personal assistant, Bubble, quite likes parmesan cheese and used to enjoy the wastage that would fall off the side of the cutting board during grating.  So you may want “accidentally” to generate a small amount of waste and allow a little bit of cheese to fall on the floor.  Good assistants are hard to come by!

By this point, you want to have judged the heat on your frying pan so that the nuts are toasted.  Each time you make Pesto you want to adjust the heat to make this possible.  After a few goes you will be able to time this perfectly.  Turn off the hob, and tip the toasted pine nuts into the processor. Immediately put a splash of olive oil in the frying pan and scrape in the chopped garlic.  There will be enough heat still in the pan to gently cook the garlic to take the edge off it.

Once the garlic has softened for a few minutes, scrape it in, blend and add olive oil until the Pesto looks right.  You are the judge – some like it runnier than others.

And there you have it! A tasty Pesto which should take you no longer than 10 minutes to make. My personal best is 7 mins, 26.81 seconds. It will improve each time you make it as you refine your technique. And you will also have learnt a lot about Lean Project Management – and if you’re lucky, you will salivate the next time you are at work using Lean to manage your project!

This recipe is dedicated to the BBC Spark team who first introduced me to Lean Project Management with the most mouth-watering still of a lean rump steak!


28 thoughts on “Pesto for Project Managers (in under 8 minutes)”

  1. The video is an example of the conundrum facing digital video producers: I had to film it vertically due to the shape of my kitchen and to ensure I got my nuts in shot (so to speak). But then the editing software I use does not have astons which you can restrict to a vertical video for optimised mobile viewing. And the clock was landscape so would have looked daft shot vertically: so apologies for the haphazard format on the video.

  2. Quality ϲontent іѕ the imⲣortant to be a focus for the viewers tߋ visit the
    web site, that’s ԝһat thiѕ website is providing.

  3. This is verү intеresting, Υօu aгe а very skilled blogger.

    Ι’ѵе joined your fedd and looқ forward tо seeking mⲟrе of your magnificent post.

    Alѕo, I’vе shared your website in my social networks!

  4. Ι’vе Ьeen browsing online more than 4 һⲟurs today, ʏet
    I never found аny nteresting article ⅼike yοurs.
    Ιt iѕ pretty worth еnough for me. In my vieᴡ, if alⅼ web owners and
    bloggers mɑde goߋd contеnt as you did, the web wіll bе a lot more usеful thаn ever befоre.

  5. [url=]where to buy otc sildenafil[/url] [url=]singulair medicine buy online[/url] [url=]stromectol online pharmacy[/url] [url=]over the counter amoxicillin without prescription[/url] [url=]advair cost uk[/url]

  6. [url=]purchase kamagra 100 online canada[/url] [url=]tetracycline 500mg capsule price[/url] [url=]generic augmentin 500mg[/url] [url=]dapoxetine uk price[/url] [url=]glucophage 500 uk[/url]

  7. [url=]ivermectin 2%[/url] [url=]baclofen buy[/url] [url=]10mg fluoxetine uk[/url] [url=]glucophage brand[/url] [url=]inderal tablet price[/url] [url=]wellbutrin 150 mg[/url] [url=]buspar 10mg cost[/url]

  8. [url=]buy sildenafil over the counter[/url] [url=]buy malegra 50 mg[/url] [url=]glucophage cost uk[/url]

  9. [url=]Живу в интернет рекламе с 1993 г. Реклама в Adwords, YouTube, Facebook, instagram – Отстой на 99,9%. Pinterest – это СЕРЬЕЗНО для реальных продаж в Etsy, amazon, ebay, shopify и т.д. Цена от 400 usd за месяц[/url]

  10. Вам откроются новые грани в  интимных отношениях – Продукция [url=]ВигЭр-Икс Плюс – надежный мужской усилитель Вы уверены, что достигли всего в постели? Виг-ЭрИкс Плюс[/url] ВигЭр-Икс Плюс  – надежный мужской усилитель

  11. Профессиональная Реклама Серых тем, Казино онлайн, Casino online, Gaming. Звоните: Telegram @evg7773

  12. [url=]Зарабатывай криптовалюту читая новости! Neironix – запускает новую модель децентрализованных медиа, который станет самым успешным крипто-проектом в 2021 году[/url]

  13. Besame Mucho (Lyrics), Latino music Сover by Elona Krasavtseva. Pop opera songs. Music arrangement of Andrea Bocelli. Elona Krasavtseva is an award-winning singer and songwriter from Moscow, Russia. She sings classical, traditional, and original songs in different European languages

  14. Как и обещал, запускаю конкурс на 10 призов по 0,001 BTC среди подписчиков! Подписывайся на канал – узнай условия и удачи!

  15. С 2012г. гарантированно раскручиваю продажи handmade в Etsy с помощью Pinterest. Это дает Заказчикам заработки от 7000 до 100 000 usd в месяц Ведем аккаунты через пинтерест также в Ebay, Amazon, Shopify и др. Ручная работа, Цена 500 – 1000 usd за месяц

  16. В Pinterest с 2012 г. Реклама в нем дает Заказчикам из в Etsy, Ebay, Amazon, Shopify заработки от 7000 до 100 000 usd в месяц. Ручная работа, Цена 300 – 500 usd за месяц

  17. В Pinterest с 2012 г. Реклама в нем дает Заказчикам из в Etsy, Shopify, amazon заработки от 7000 до 100 000 usd в месяц. Ручная работа, Цена 300 – 500 usd за месяц

  18. Авиабилеты дешево от проверенных авиакомпаний! – купить авиабилеты недорого. Купить авиабилеты дешево, авиабилеты онлайн. Поиск от 728 проверенных авиакомпаний по всему миру! Самые популярные направления перелетов по самым низким ценам в интернете!

Comments are closed.