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February 18, 2020

Placing the operator at the heart of the business

Placing the operator at the heart of the business The traditional organisation hierarchy is based on the military model. In the military, orders are transmitted down the chain of command, from a responsible superior such…

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…

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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.