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70 years of IDA Support – A Reflection on Ireland’s Global Trade Success

Posted by Bernie Rushe on 01/07/2019

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My mother, Mary Rushe, was born in 1927, the year in which the state-owned Electricity Supply Board (ESB) was established. A farmer’s daughter, she witnessed technical and economic upheaval such as rural electrification and the arrival of the motor car and farm mechanisation; bade farewell to many cousins who immigrated to the United States out of dire economic necessity; experienced rationing during the WWII years or ‘the emergency’; and left her post as a secondary

Is your organisation living Lean Values?

Posted by Bernie Rushe on 14/05/2019

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Category: Lean, Manufacturing
For many years now we have been supplied with a rich volume of literature, much of it originating in the United States, on lean practices and principles as exemplified by the Toyota organisation. From ‘Lean Thinking’ the seminal lean textbook published by Womack and Jones back in 1996, to ‘The Toyota Way’ published by Liker in 2004, there has been no shortage of literature to guide us along the lean path. The former gave us

Examination Tips

Posted by Bernie Rushe on 11/04/2019

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Six Sigma Certification is important for those aspiring to advance their career in the quality management sector and who want to implement Six Sigma Methodologies in their organisation to make the projects successful. However the most daunting part of many of us doing such a course, is preparing ourselves both mentally and physically for the exam. Here are some essential tips we at Lean Ireland have put together for you…   PREPARTION Check out the exact location
Time and again when visiting prospective clients, we hear the refrain “We’re too busy at the moment to start a lean programme” or, just as likely “It’s not in this year’s training budget”. These responses are true, because personnel in every dynamic company, working in a challenging marketplace, will always be busy. But this is the problem – if you have process efficiency issues, you are busier than you need to be, addressing failure demand.

The role of the contract Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Posted by Bernie Rushe on 29/01/2019

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Black Belt The Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (BB) is a professional who is well versed in the Lean Six Sigma methodology, who leads improvement projects, typically in a full-time role. A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt possesses a thorough understanding of all approaches and tools within the phases of lean six sigma project. They understand how to perform and interpret Six Sigma tools and how to use standard principles of Lean. A BB