December 2, 2017

Organisational Reflection

Lean is very much about Organisational development and to develop as an Organisation we must learn as a team. For my last blog of the year, I thought it appropriate to write a little about reflection. It’s strange that in life we seem to need some sort of milestone or […]
November 14, 2017

Transformational Leadership

Lean thinking requires a very different mindset at all levels of the Organisation. Here James discusses how our approach much change based on what we have in front of us. This week I have been invited into a really exciting organisation that is transforming the way it works. It was […]
October 12, 2017

5 points for perfection

We are all undertaking a healthy pursuit of perfection, but can we really get there and if not, how do we enjoy the journey in trying? After writing my last entry on Pull, I thought it only right to move onto perfection. As I’m sure you’re aware that this is […]
September 18, 2017

Keep Pulling

A short discussion on how the lean principle of Pull means much more than just a kanban card in a box. The five lean principles are well known nowadays. Many organisations across just about any industry you can think of work extremely hard to implement them. With this wealth of […]
July 28, 2017

A year from now, you’d wish you had started today

All organisations want to sustainably improve so why are we not starting immediately and taking full advantage?  It can be hard to get started with a task or activity you know you really should start sometimes – my currently unused gym membership is a fine example. Getting sidetracked personally is […]
June 28, 2017

Are you a suitable candidate?

Everyone has a different perception and things to offer us, so how can we take advantage? As is becoming a theme through my articles, the importance of understanding people and taking appropriate time to develop their skills in problem solving should not be under-estimated. Over the last couple of months, […]
June 26, 2017

Is Lean the best way to make change happen?

For sure there are plenty of Lean zealots out there who are totally committed to that statement. People who live and breathe Lean as a way of life, always looking to make a difference and always looking for opportunities to make things better. I share much with these individuals and […]
June 14, 2017

50% improvement in one week is more than an aspiration

If you’re not used to working in an environment that regularly does extraordinary things in terms of Lean improvement, then you can be forgiven for being sceptical when someone makes extraordinary promises. In some circumstances this scepticism is probably healthy as unfortunately not everyone who promises these breakthroughs can actually […]
May 18, 2017

How to reduce lead times from the supply chain by implementing lean

When I got to the checkout screen of a recent internet order, the website informed me that delivery could take up to 10 weeks. I did a little digging around and found that the item was coming from China. On rough calculations, items should only take about 2 weeks to […]
May 10, 2017

Have you been ‘leaned’?

In a previous article we talked about change and the effect it has on people. Some people love change whilst others declare that they don’t. On reflection, the point of view is not about whether you like change or not but more about how much control and influence you have […]
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