July 1, 2015

Effective Team Based Problem Solving

Problem solving and corrective action means going to the place where the problem is happening, in other words the Gemba. We must involve the team that have the problem and use the full range of senses; listening, seeing and touching the problem in order to fully understand what the problem […]
May 7, 2015

A3 Thinking – Why is one version better than another?

Before looking at this let’s reflect on what an A3 is trying to do. Most applications of A3 Thinking are to solve problems, that it something that is absolutely common across all versions and approaches. With this in mind, let’s look again at the title of this article – A3 […]
March 30, 2015

University Hospital North Midlands Interventional Radiology team use Lean 3P to improve patient flow

The University Hospital North Midlands Interventional Radiology team led by Mark Smith, Superintendent Radiographer, recently underwent a patient flow improvement exercise using the Lean 3P methodology. Over the last decade the demand for Interventional Radiology has significantly increased. This has been driven by improvements in technology, clinical developments and an […]
March 24, 2015

Lean A3 Thinking Helps with Post Ofsted School Improvement Work

As part of our school improvement work Glyn helped us to identify very specifically where our areas of improvement were and as a team devise solutions to help address those areas. The support also helped to galvanise our staff; working together towards our ultimate goal of being an Outstanding School. […]
March 15, 2015

Understanding Value

The first Lean improvement principle talks about specifying what creates value from the customers perspective. The focus of this is to help identify what is value adding and non value adding in order to clearly see the waste involved with processes and then set about on the systematic removal of […]
March 5, 2015

The Principles of Lean Improvement

At Castlefirth we are often asked “How Lean Can Help My Business?” The answer obviously depends on many things but one of the ways is to understand how work is undertaken and applying the five principles of lean. Principle 1: Specify what creates value from the customers perspective Always understand […]
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