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 […]
April 28, 2017

Lean thinking, a scientific approach

April 25, 2017

“We are too busy to improve” really?

Recently I was facilitating an Improvement Activity, at the end of the first day I saw some resistance from the team as they felt they were too busy to continue to spend time on this improvement work. The team admitted that they wanted to improve things, and it was evident […]
March 29, 2017

When Lean Meets Private Equity

PE firms are always looking for new and exciting prospects to convert wealth into more wealth.  Understanding how to do this requires both structure and a well-honed talent for asking the right questions, for thinking in opportunistic ways. The teams that do this are often extremely talented people to work […]
March 27, 2017

The power of Obeyas and Visual Management for Project Management

I have been working with a team who have made real improvements to their Project Management through the implementation of some simple visual management structured in an Obeya. In many organisations you will find that there are Project Managers whose role it is to coordinate projects. They find themselves trying […]
March 14, 2017

Follow the process !

Those who are involved in Lean process improvement know that we have a structured way of driving breakthrough improvement, those who have not yet experienced this methodology can be forgiven for being a little more sceptical. However, one adage that helps to keep us focussed and continue to deliver these […]
March 13, 2017

A Visual World

I have recently returned from travels around the East and spent a lot of time in both China and Japan which was quite an experience. Like many of us that have travelled to these places without the ability to converse in Mandarin or Japanese, getting around solo was a daunting […]
December 6, 2016

Who says people don’t like change?

A common expression that I hear is about how people don’t like change. I often pause and shudder slightly at this expression because I find it only to be partly true. What I find is that people actually really need change to be happy and can enjoy it. Please read […]
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