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Lean helps save lives in South Africa
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FEATURE – Only when we go where the action is, do we begin to truly understand the work. Rose Heathcote joins the Emergency Medical Services in Cape Town for a day. Words: Rose Heathcote, who took part in the ride along while she was CEO of Lean Institute Africa. How many of us don’t fully […]

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OEE | Overall Equipment Effectiveness Explained with example
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Various Problem Solving Techniques
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Go Faster, Produce More—but with Integrity
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If you’ve been following my blog regularly, you know that my Lean Applied to Business Processes course is actually the product of what I’ve learned over a long and successful career in aircraft maintenance—and, over time, figuring out that the principles that make manufacturing more efficient can work wonders in the business office. It usually […]

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Are You Marching to the Beat of the Wrong Drum?
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  In the business office, we often tend to think of the deliverables we produce in terms of a rate. For example, we might have 10 reports, or 100 invoices, or one closing of the books, to complete in a month. And so we view the end of the month as our deadline, with x […]

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Cut the Noise and Tame the Common Cause (Part Two of Two)
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In my last post, I laid out the difference between special cause and common cause variation. Why is it important to know the difference? Because when you embark on an improvement initiative, variation must be reduced or eliminated. But it’s hard to know where to start, and what actions will make a difference. And inevitably, […]

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Variation in Your Processes—A Game of Chance (Part One of Two)
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As most of you know, variation is a very big deal in manufacturing, because even the smallest change in production processes can have big consequences down the line. Keeping variation low means fewer defects, less waste, higher quality, and lower costs. That’s why manufacturers use statistical process control, charting numbers to see where variation lies […]

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Optimizing Without Balance—A Vicious Cycle
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It’s counterintuitive to think that maximizing your job or your department’s throughput can have a detrimental effect on your company. But that’s exactly the problem leaders face in running the modern organization. And once the problem starts, it creates a vicious cycle that quickly gets out of control. Optimizing without a balancing metric is a […]

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Putting 5S to Work in the Business Office
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If you read this blog regularly, you’re aware that the same lean tools that make manufacturing more efficient can work wonders in the business office. It usually just requires a slight shift in mindset, and a bit of imagination. One of those tools is 5S. It’s an amazingly simple tool that increases productivity by leaps […]

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Where’s the Value in Your Business Processes?
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Teaching Lean Applied to Business Processes is never dull. But once the conversation turns to finding value in the steps of a business process, things get downright crazy in my classroom. Students argue with each other. They argue with me. Once, someone was so upset by the discussion that he stormed out. Why all the […]

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LABP’s Biggest Gift Is Time
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How are you coming along with your end-of-year initiatives? Are you realizing noticeable gains, or are you getting bogged down with too much work in process? Do you feel calm about where you’re headed, or are you already in crisis mode? You don’t need more people to achieve your goals; your people need more time. […]

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When Finger-Pointing Is a Good Thing
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This month’s blog post will be short and sweet. Why? My WIP is at max! (If this concept is new to you, revisit my video on work in process.) I want you to know I practice what I preach as a lean teacher, so it’s important for me to keep my WIP optimal so that I […]

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Three Warning Signs Your Process Improvement Effort Will Fail
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“Constraint: anything that limits a system from achieving higher performance versus its goal.” —Eli Goldratt, What Is This Thing Called Theory of Constraints and How Should It Be Implemented?  (1990) So many efforts toward continuous improvement begin with great intentions. The idea of attacking waste and ramping up productivity is exciting, and there’s a whole arsenal […]

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At last! Featureban 3.0 and Changeban 1.2
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As long promised, there is now an official 3.0 version of Featureban that incorporates the best of Changeban, making it easier to facilitate and more fun to play. Changeban itself has a new version 1.2 after some weeks in beta. For the uninitiated, Featureban is (and I quote) our simple, fun, and highly customisable kanban simulation […]

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Five public Agendashift workshops this autumn: Stockholm, Athens, London, Istanbul, Berlin
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Very pleased to confirm this autumn programme of public workshops: 9-10 September, Stockholm, Sweden (myself and Kjell Tore Guttormsen): 2-day Advanced Agendashift workshop: Coaching and Leading Continuous Transformation 17-18 September, Athens, Greece (myself and Nikos Batsios): 2-day Advanced Agendashift workshop: Coaching and Leading Continuous Transformation 3-4 October, London, UK: 2-day Advanced Agendashift workshop: Coaching and Leading […]

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Agendashift roundup, May 2019
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In this edition: Martin, this one’s for you; Two kinds of organisation development (OD); Featureban and Changeban; Upcoming workshops – Stockholm, Berlin, and online; Top posts Martin, this one’s for you This month the Lean-Agile community mourned the sudden and tragic loss of Martin Burns, a friend to many. My tribute, with links to several […]

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Takeaways from Boston and Berlin
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Update (June 28th 2019): Over the months, the exercise referred to here by my working title Reverse Wardley has served us incredibly well. With full credit to Liz and Karl, it’s a great addition to our workshops and I love it! My name for it has proved way too nerdy for some tastes though, and after several […]

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Martin, this one’s for you
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A week ago we were trying process the impossible – the news that friend, colleague, encourager, and debating partner Martin Burns had suddenly passed away. Starting with one from Martin’s wife Lucy, here are some touching tributes: Lucy Burns Dave Snowden Chris Matts Chris McDermott Chris Corriere Gordon McMahon Sal Freudenberg In the light of […]

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