Process Mapping with Remote Teams to Secure your Business

Process Mapping with Remote Teams to Secure your Business

To maximise the quality of standard work, process mapping is a powerful approach to documenting and providing a broad understanding across teams and departments. It has many benefits including: Improving the quality of the execution through improved knowledge Sharing understanding to cross-train teams Providing a baseline to improve from Makes the identification of waste or […]

Four Ways to Get Rid of Waste While Working Remotely

Four Ways to Get Rid of Waste While Working Remotely

Deep in the gusts of ill winds bringing an unseen threat into our communities; our public places; and our workplaces, is some good that can be wrung from it. In normal life, it’s always hard to make time to improve our processes and fix the small frustrations that happen on a daily basis at work. […]

Adopting a Lean Strategy during Difficult Times

Adopting a Lean Strategy during Difficult Times

So, what a time. It’s a constantly moving situation for business continuity due to COVID-19. I hope some of these strategies will assist you a little with helping to keep your business running nicely, despite the current challenges. One of our main focuses in a Lean implementation is on maintaining a high level of interpersonal […]

The Real Role of Managers

The Real Role of Managers

As well as being a Lean Specialist I also run Japan Lean Experience industry benchmarking tours with Makoto, which have been running for more than a decade with over 200 tours. They are widely regarded as the number one Lean benchmarking tours in Japan. I’ve recently returned from a tour with a mix of diverse […]

Three Essential Elements of Building Flow In A Workplace

Three Essential Elements of Building Flow In A Workplace

If you are a manager interested to boost efficiency, it’s important for you to build an environment where there is a flow to work processes. There are three main areas that you’ll need to think about. Build Environments That Support Consistency Build an environment where a process can happen consistently, and people can get through work […]

Value Stream Mapping and PICK Charts to find the Big Issues

Value Stream Mapping and PICK Charts to find the Big Issues

One of the reasons for mapping your current state value stream is to visually represent where issues are within the process. Often, we can get too bogged down in the details and the daily operations of a business, so seeing the entire value stream and where the constraints, issues and wastes are is important to […]

Difference between a Leader and a Manager – Leader Standard Work

Difference between a Leader and a Manager – Leader Standard Work

Most people think of Leaders and managers as the same thing and quite often Leaders take on the role of managers for various reasons in business.  However, they are actually different hats – or different roles – sometimes filled by one person. I will talk about leaders as the head of a division, department or company, but […]

Standard Work Allows Kaizen

Standard Work Allows Kaizen

A Point from which to Improve Standard work is one of the foundational elements of embedding Lean into a business and it is important from the perspective that its documentation gives you a point from which to improve. If a standard isn’t set – a consistent way of working – then the ability to improve […]

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