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November 16, 2022

Sustaining the Lean Organization

What is it that enables a lean organization to deliver ever increasing value to customers over time? During the past 21 years as principal consultant with Lean Ireland I have gleaned some key indicators for…

October 10, 2021

Building Organisation Resilience

Small businesses in particular have been badly hit by the drop in trade associated with coronavirus pandemic, especially in the service sectors. Nonetheless, some have been agile enough to adapt, transform and thrive. Much has…

July 7, 2021

Hansei, the Art of Reflection and Improvement

Hansei is an integral part of the Toyota continuous improvement journey, and often the most neglected in western organisations. The term hansei is derived from two Japanese words. “Han” means to change, turn over, or…

June 1, 2021

Safety in the workplace aka ‘How to save a life’

“An Ohio senator was captured driving during a government Zoom meeting on Monday — the same day the state was considering a bill proposing a crackdown on distracted drivers.” Wilson Wong, NBC News, May 7,…

December 20, 2019

What’s Your Problem?

The problem statement The Collins dictionary describes a problem as ‘a situation that is unsatisfactory and causes difficulties for people.’ The problem definition, or problem statement if you like, is the cornerstone of any process improvement project. The problem statement enables…

March 27, 2017

WHY COMPETITIVENESS MATTERS: NCC Bulletin 31 March 2016

And still the dance goes on, as we await white smoke from Dail Eireann. Despite the dithering of politicians, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) continues its good work. The NCC was established by government in…