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Welcome to the TXM Find a better way Blog

We are excited to have a site for sharing useful and practical information:
Articles to read and Product reviews,
Useful hints for implementing the lean tools and Videos to inspire.

From the TXM Team

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Lean won’t work here? Try the “Quick Wins” Approach!

Published: March 8th, 2017
Is there a way for people not to “roll their eyes" when the “lean” word is out of the bag? Let’s start with the view that a “lean” business is ultimately trying to improve, focussing on growing people and working together. That's where the quick wins approach can work well. Then we can start with defining the big goals and how using Lean tools to reach those objectives.  ... Read more

How Poor Product Management Can Damage Your Reputation and Cost You Millions

Published: March 1st, 2017
The decision about what products to sell and what products not to sell is one of the most important marketing decision that most manufacturing and distribution businesses will make. Unfortunately, in many cases, I find that businesses have no formal process for product management. This inevitably leads to excessive stock, write offs, losses and poor on time delivery performance. ... Read more
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Making Sense of your Problems with The Cynefin Framework

Published: February 26th, 2017
Cynefin Framework offers decision-makers a way to view a situation or problem. The model helps categorise the situation and assists in setting out how we can approach these different situations, and how to solve them. ... Read more
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Embedding PDCA Thinking into Our Visual Management

Published: February 13th, 2017
Embedding PDCA thinking into our visual management systems, particularly the Check and Act mindset, helps us to be more effective across many aspects of our business, through continuous improvement. Here we look at examples of visual management against PDCA thinking. ... Read more
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Documenting and Sharing Improvements and Lessons Learnt

Published: February 2nd, 2017
Our continuous improvements are often hard fought and hard won, so we want them to be sustained and shared. Documenting and sharing our lessons learnt are an important part of all continuous improvement cycles. This was highlighted to Michelle Brown, TXM Consultant, during a recent project of introducing problem solving to a team of manufacturing people, and here she picks up her story. ... Read more

Overcoming Reluctance when Implementing Lean Systems

Published: February 2nd, 2017
Lean systems in many instances are implemented when company are faced with a challenge and have identified that new ways of doing business are required. The transition away from old habits to new ways of thinking can create a wall of reluctance within your work teams if not done correctly when faced with this type of situation.  ... Read more

Act Your Way into a New Way of Thinking with 5S and Lean

Published: January 11th, 2017
Here are three Lean tools that can help our team act their way to a new way of thinking, acting “as if” they have already achieved their improvement goals, and become a world class organisation. ... Read more

Lean Inspiration for the New Year

Published: December 23rd, 2016
There is something about the end of one year and the beginning of the next that allows us to pause and reflect. Here we will reflect on a year of TXM articles and videos; we hope they have helped you reflect, learn and grow your business, continually, throughout the year. ... Read more
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A Multi Level Approach to Problem Solving with Trigger Points

Published: November 29th, 2016
As you and your company travel along the lean journey, the ability for your team to identify and take part in solving their own problems becomes important. Having a robust, multi level approach to problem solving helps to make problem solving more achievable. Clear trigger points are needed to support the problem solving efforts. ... Read more

Why Distribution Businesses Fail to Deliver On Time In Full for Customers.

Published: November 24th, 2016
Many of the distribution businesses I see suffer from the same problems – frequent stock shortages on key items, while at the same time excessive stock holdings and obsolete stocks. This sounds like a contradiction, high levels of stock and frequent shortages. Businesses have too much of the things they don’t sell and too little of the things they sell. In this blog I am going to overview some of the root causes of these problems and then in the following monthly blogs I am going to suggest solutions. ... Read more