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 […]

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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