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OUR TWO PENNIES

THE ART OF YOKOTEN

Ever heard of Yokoten? Having spent years working in a Toyota plant I know what makes it tick, and what to a large degree gives Toyota its competitive edge when it comes to productivity and ultimately the very high ‘uptime’ of the process. In this blog I thought I...

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LEAN CULTURE – THEORY INTO REALITY

Changing a culture in an organisation is no easy task. It takes dedication, strategy, and a heck of a lot of learning and experience to avoid the numerous pitfalls along the way. Some won’t succeed the first or even second time of trying, but some will come back and...

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ENTROPY – A SCIENTIFIC ANALOGY OF LEAN MEDIOCRITY

At Last, a scientific analogy of Lean failures and Lean Mediocrity Managers across the world imagine a utopia of “self-managing teams” working hard to continually take their organisation to the next level of perfection.  For many, progress will be made,...

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A QUICK AND SIMPLE 20% PERFORMANCE LIFT

The obvious Quick and simple is not always sustainable, that’s the hard bit. However, on occasion there may be a sudden need to increase performance in a “step” manner. For example, there may be a sudden peak demand on a business that is beyond output...

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THINKING LEAN – JOTTINGS FROM A GREEK ISLAND

Thinking Lean is something I do all the time, it comes with the territory. But at this time of the year I also like to do something else. Take a break and enjoy the very last throws of summer somewhere warm. This year I am lucky enough to be in a small...

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6 LEADERSHIP MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN DEPLOYING LEAN

Why does Lean fail in some organisations and not others? The simple answer is Leadership.  Leadership can make or break a Lean programme. Let’s look at some of the common pitfalls and how to avoid them. Remember, Leadership is exactly that, Leadership. It...

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LEAN – LOST IN TRANSLATION…

Although most people know that Lean is a generic term for the Toyota Production System, few people understand how much has been lost in translation. Japan study tours are common these days, and although Toyota allow visits to their sites, only the surface...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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