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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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A Norwegian lean epic
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CASE STUDY – Thousands of kaizens, a relentless focus on learning and the determination to continuously improve have made of this Norwegian company something of a lean epic tale. Words: Eivind Reke, Organizational Secretary, Los Norge and Daryl Powell, Adjunct Professor at NTNU and Lean Program Manager Kongsberg Maritime AS. Once upon a time, in […]

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Kaizen in Africa: a trip to Tunisia
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NEWS – The Chairman of the LGN institute in South Africa reports from a kaizen conference in Tunisia and reflects on the role of 5S in supporting improvement on the continent. Words: Norman Faull, Chairman, Lean Institute Africa “It is impossible to overestimate the importance of 5S,” said to me the CEO of a major […]

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Cancelling the distance
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CASE STUDY – What to do when you operate in a competitive market and are located in a remote corner of Europe, thousands of miles from your customer? One word: lean. PART 1 Words: José Ignacio Garcia Cornejo, Head of Production, Deutz Spain – Zafra, Extremadura Open Google Maps, and you will immediately be struck […]

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The synergies you need to succeed
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FEATURE – While at Starbucks, the author learned the importance of collaboration among the key functions of Operations, HR and Finance to advance a lean transformation. Words: Karen Gaudet, Director of Learning, Lean Enterprise Institute Lean thinking teaches that value flows horizontally across departments. On a theoretical level, the holistic nature of lean is not […]

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Introducing the Toyota Flow System
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FEATURE – In the age of complexity and disruption, flowing value to customers as quickly as possible is critical. The new Toyota Flow System strives to address this issue.  Words: Nigel Thurlow, Chief of Agile, Toyota Connected; John R. Turner, Ph.D., University of North Texas; Brian Rivera, US Navy. Lean thinking, Agile, UX, Design Thinking… […]

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My father is my sensei
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FEATURE – In this intimate account, the author reflects on the role of a lean sensei by looking back at what he’s learned from his own… his father. Words: Michael Ballé, lean author, executive coach and co-founder of Institut Lean France. My father is my sensei. It happened by accident, not by design. Back in […]

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Determination pays
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CASE STUDY – This Dutch company awards social benefits to the unemployed. Thanks to lean thinking, they were able to radically transform the service they offer them. Words: Richard van Ooijen and Riegholt Hilbrands, Lean Management Instituut People who find themselves out of work fundamentally need two things: in the short term, they need money […]

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What sustainability looks like
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OPINION – The team at Instituto Lean Management in Barcelona comments on recent news from the Catalan healthcare sector and reflects on lean sustainability.   Words: Oriol Cuatrecasas, Cristina Fontcuberta, and Néstor Gavilan – Instituto Lean Management, Barcelona Earlier this week, an article came out on La Vanguardia, Catalonia’s leading newspaper, titled “Rebelión de jefes […]

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Reflecting on our lean healthcare journey
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CASE STUDY – The CEO of a hospital in Johannesburg looks back to the last five years to reflect on a lean healthcare transformation that is creating positive outcomes for patients. Words: Grey Dube, CEO, Leratong Hospital – Johannesburg, South Africa To read our interview with Dr Dube, click here. The South African healthcare industry […]

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Fertile ground for lean seeds
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FEATURE – Lean Institute Brasil is running pioneering lean experiments in agriculture. The authors reflect on the challenges of transforming traditional farming culture and the opportunities lean affords. Words: José Roberto Ferro, Ricardo Itikawa and Bruno Battaglia – Lean Institute Brasil. Graphs and illustrations: Nêio Mustafa, Lean Institute Brasil Every day, at sunrise, farm workers all […]

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