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

Published: March 8, 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 1, 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 26, 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 13, 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