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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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What Makes a Great Operations Manager?

Published: August 9th, 2017
So what are the signs that you have hired a really effective Operations Manager or General Manager in your business?The challenge is that some of these seem counter-intuitive and you might not recognise them as positive behaviours, or worse, see them as negatives. Here are 10 things that will show that your Operations Manager is a top performer.  ... Read more
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Combining Lean Tools and Safety Standards for Improvements

Published: August 1st, 2017
The practice of providing a safe workplace and implementing Lean production systems have been kept separate in most manufacturing sites. It is not uncommon to find these two essential functions being slightly out of alignment due to their seemingly opposite objectives. There are three excellent lean tools that you can implement into processes to create a safer and incident-free workplace ... Read more

Broaden your Horizons with these Great Lean Books

Published: July 26th, 2017
As the days are dark and cold, there is nothing like sitting down with a good book to feed your brain and get you ready for the challenging week ahead. Here are four good reads to get you started. ... Read more

How to Avoid the Senior Management Revolving Door in Your Business

Published: July 18th, 2017
The “management revolving door” is a disaster for your business. Apart from the direct recruitment and severance costs of hiring and firing manager after manager, the revolving door will stall your business’ progress and prevent you from growing successfully. Learn why the revolving door happens and how to stop it spinning.  ... Read more
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WHAT and then WHO: the Delicate Balance of Office Process Design

Published: July 18th, 2017
Office process design starts with using the lean principles to understand the current situation then develop a future state, along with a implementation plan to close the gap between the two situations. Here we will look at how to develop an office process and determining WHAT tasks are needed, then look at how we determine WHO we get to do these tasks. Developing a robust implementation plan, including the checking and auditing, will help us be successful in implementing our change and meet our goal. ... Read more
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Stop Start Continue – a Lean Feedback Tool

Published: July 12th, 2017
A strong component of TXMs Lean Philosophy is about engaging our team and get them thinking about improving our company, together. Identifying wastes is a great way to start and using simple feedback tools can help get our team warmed up and into thinking mode. Today we will look at the Stop - Start - Continue model. ... Read more
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The Importance of the Senior Leadership Workshop

Published: June 14th, 2017
While holding a senior leadership workshop may feel like a huge burden of time and resources, at TXM we find the investment of time is hugely rewarded. We check the understanding of both teams with the project aims and objectives. We review the TXM process and check we have the key elements in place for a successful improvement project. And we highlight potential barriers to change before they become a major problem and slow down the improvement project. ... Read more
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Business Health Check; the three key indicators for your daily walk around

Published: May 30th, 2017
Active leadership is important to continuous improvement and a daily walk around to determine the health of your business can be very beneficial. We considered the three key points for checking in on the health of your business with business equivalents of the heart rate, the blood pressure and the temperature of our factories. ... Read more
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What Does Your China Supply Chain Cost You and How do You Improve it?

Published: May 4th, 2017
China is no longer the low cost manufacturing paradise it once was. However the problems of long lead times, dodgy suppliers and suspect quality still exists, even as Chinese manufacturing moves in to more complex and higher value added sectors. TXM China Consulting Director, Justin Tao has spent his whole career working in Chinese manufacturing from his first days in Toyota's forging plant in Tianjin. Justin believes that the key to supply chain success in China is to get the right support - from a local.  ... Read more
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Five Ways to Improve Supplier Performance

Published: May 1st, 2017
Whether your business is involved in manufacturing or distribution, chances are that the number one reason why you fail to deliver to your customers on time and in full is your suppliers. So why are so many suppliers so bad and what can you do to improve supplier performance? ... Read more