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Benchmarking the Lean principles at Subway

Published: August 26, 2016
It can be hard to visualise what “best practice” may look like and be able to share that vision with your team. A great place to see key lean principles is at your local Subway; their layout and processes exemplify many of the lean principles we are looking to develop in your company. They include clearly defining customer expectations, defining product flow and being agile with customer demands. ... Read more
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Managing Knowledge Work with Kanban

Published: August 19, 2016
In a manufacturing environment, we can quickly move to a visual display of the work to allow our team to show the status of work. With a worldwide shift from a manufacturing workforce to an economy based more on knowledge work, the structure of the workforce is changing. The interaction of technology with workers’ intellectual and human capital has created a new class of worker in today’s economy – the knowledge worker. ... Read more
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The “Maslow’s Hierarchy” of Continuous Improvement

Published: July 25, 2016
Companies that are just beginning their lean journey will often talk about the company culture they would like to instil into their organisation. For some companies this dream is going to take more work and time than with others. Today we will look at the “Maslow’s Hierarchy” of Continuous Improvement that is needed to create a lean culture where continuous improvement and innovation are part of the fabric of the company. ... Read more

Understanding Waste, Unevenness and Overburden – Muda, Mura and Muri

Published: July 7, 2016
The definition of Lean is to reduce wastes. Here we will look at the THREE types of wastes the may occur in a process. We will explore the “7 wastes” of Muda and update our understanding of the other two, lesser know wastes Mura - the waste of unevenness, and Muri - the waste of overburden. These two wastes are often overlooked at we journey along the Lean path. ... Read more