OUR TWO PENNIES

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 Greek village...

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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 cannot be...

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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 layer can be...

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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...

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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 majority of...

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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 something you...

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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...

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FMCG SURVIVING THE NATIONAL LIVING WAGE – MORE IS LESS

Well it’s here. On the 1st April, approximately 1.8 million of Britain’s low-wage workers got a pay rise as the legal wage jumped from £6.70 to £7.20 for all those aged 25 and over. More importantly the Living Wage is planned to be increased year on year until at...

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