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January 20, 2020

The Joy of Life Long Learning

Entering the new decade is an opportunity to reflect on how we have arrived at where we are today. I’m not about to address any of the great political, social or environmental topics of the…

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…

October 19, 2019

Are you an effective project sponsor?

Why do projects need sponsoring? What are the do’s and do not’s of sponsoring? How can you be a bad sponsor? These are some of the questions that I regularly review with clients who are…

September 12, 2019

Lean Thinking – How enlightened are you?

Whether we are aware of it or not we live our lives, at work and at play, at different levels of consciousness. In the workplace, we graduate through 4 different levels of conscious lean management,…

July 1, 2019

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

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…

May 14, 2019

Is your organisation living Lean Values?

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…

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February 13, 2020

Tech tip: Minitab ‘Quick Start’ Web E-Learning

Minitab is providing free lessons on how to prepare and analyse different data types in the new-look Minitab Statistical Software. Click here for details.

February 12, 2020

ICBE Best Practice Visit to Coca Cola Ballina, Co. Mayo: 26th February 2020

Continuing their well-established series of best practice site visits, ICBE are leading a team of 20 people to visit Ballina Beverages. Member cost is €100 per person (to be donated to local charity). Non members may also…

February 11, 2020

IDA Achieves All FDI Targets for 2015 to 2019

In January 2020 the IDA announced that employment levels in its client companies have now reached 245,096 –  the highest ever number employed in the multinational sector, exceeding targets set by Government contained in IDA…

January 16, 2020

Tech tip: Testing The Testers Using Gauge R&R

Many companies are required to prove the reliability of their test equipment & inspection processes to their customers.  Click HERE to see how iStone Technologies used gauge R&R to build customer confidence.