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What is a Value Stream Map?

Published: November 7, 2017
Surely everyone knows what is a value stream map? At least you would expect Lean practitioners and Lean consultants to know? Sadly, I find that is not the case and I find all sorts of process maps being described as a value stream map. So, in this blog I want to take you back to basics and describe what is a value stream map. ... Read more
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Effectively Using a Skills Matrix to Develop Your Team

Published: September 7, 2017
The “people issues” become critical as we develop processes and standard ways of working to optimise our efficiencies and workflow. Effectively using a skills matrix is key to developing your people to meet these new challenges. Here we’ll look at what a skills matrix is, why it’s important and how to use a skills matrix to develop our people. ... Read more

Broaden your Horizons with these Great Lean Books

Published: July 26, 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
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Stop Start Continue – a Lean Feedback Tool

Published: July 12, 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