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September 4, 2018

Attracting (and keeping) the right customer – The software industry in Ireland

The major difference between a person with a lean mindset and one who has not, is that the lean head is always asking ‘Who is my customer?’, ‘What does my customer want?’ and ‘Do I…

August 28, 2018

Classroom vs. Online Learning – Which one is better?

As a child I well remember my father declining to tell us the meaning of words when we asked him. He would always say “Look it up in the dictionary”.  A true educator all his…

July 31, 2018

Lean Restaurant Management

The Gallery Cafe in Gort takes us a long way from high volume manufacturing! Sarah Harty, owner of this Co. Galway restaurant, exemplifies lean practice in many ways e.g. sourcing from local suppliers, good teamwork,…

July 19, 2018

Supply Chain Risk Management – Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

At regular intervals, a local crisis occurs in some country around the world, and the ramifications on global trade are felt for months afterwards. We can all probably name political coups, ash clouds, earthquakes, and…

June 19, 2018

Seeing is believing – learn directly from the masters of lean at Toyota UK

The Toyota Production system (TPS) is alive and well in Toyota plants in 27 countries worldwide. TPS or ‘Lean Manufacturing’ as you and I more commonly know it, is an integrated systems approach to process…

June 14, 2018

Lean Ireland’s Privacy Policy

Let’s be honest, we are all pretty fatigued after the dozens of emails that landed in our inbox last month ahead of the implementation of GDPR on May 25th. On top of those requests for…

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March 11, 2020

Tech tip: Free Takt Time and OEE Calculator App

Want to take the hassle out of calculating Takt Time and OEE? This free iOS app will do it for you. Be careful – the GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) principle applies!

March 10, 2020

Toyota Powering Ahead in the Profits Race

In case you think lean is a nice programme to undertake to improve internal efficiencies, this report will convince you of the lean drive (boom! boom!) for customer satisfaction. In a softening automotive market Toyota’s…

March 9, 2020

Participate in your Local Regional Lean Network

The old Irish saying ‘Ní neart to chuir le chēile’, which translates to ‘There is no strength without cooperation’, is being embodied by the various lean networks established throughout Ireland. To see how you can…

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.