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LOOK BEYOND TIM WOOD AND THE 7 CATEGORIES OF WASTE

Most people that have been involved in Lean will be familiar with the principles that waste exists to some degree in every single activity we perform. Whether it is at work or in our day to day business. And in order to improve our processes and become Lean, we must remove waste. Most will also …

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LEAN THINKING - STANDING IN THE OHNO’S CIRCLE

LEAN THINKING – STANDING IN OHNO’S CIRCLE

In my line of work, I often get to see the inner workings of production facilities and observe how much Lean thinking is really going on. Depending upon the industry, the operation and look of the process may differ, but one thing that is common among the majority of line leaders is a commitment and …

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Lean implementation

LEAN IMPLEMENTATION – LESSONS LEARNED

Having spent almost 25 years working around Lean and implementing Lean in many organisations, I have learnt some very important and key lessons, admittedly some of these the hard way. But the key is that my experience is born, by doing. If you do not try something you will not learn. Lean is a very …

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THE LEAN SCATTER GUN - IMPROVEMENT FOR THE SAKE OF IT

THE LEAN SCATTER GUN – IMPROVEMENT FOR THE SAKE OF IT

In today’s world, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that it is an expectation that an organisation must improve in all areas of its business. That customers and stakeholders are looking to see improvements in all areas of the operation. So that’s what lots of organisations do. But should they be …

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FMCG

UK FMCG – IS LEAN A FOUR LETTER WORD?

For the industry that probably needs it the most, I fear Lean may be on a road to nowhere. It’s a shame – the industry is arguably facing its biggest challenge in history. Relentless price pressure could be forcing a total focus upon cost reduction, and this combined with the industry’s new emerging nightmare scenario …

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