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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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May 12, 2017

Free tips for success at online examinations

On Friday 5th May last, I sat and passed the ASQ six sigma online black belt examination. Prior to sitting the online exam, I was concerned about the loss of pencil and paper scribble functionality during…

April 30, 2017

The impact of Lean on order entry

This neat little 5 min case study demonstrates very clearly the benefits of the lean approach in the office. Enjoy!

April 11, 2017

JMP online seminar: 25th April 2017

Join JMP data experts Ian Cox and Robert Anderson for a complimentary seminar introducing statistical modelling and exploring how to apply the concept effectively. Link to register for the 3-hour seminar.

March 3, 2017

ISPE facility of the year (FOYA) 2017 – Abbott Longford

Congratulations to Abbott Longford, who were recently awarded ISPE facility of the year 2017. In 2012, the “Operational Excellence” project was initiated at Abbott, with the objective of creating a sustainable continuous improvement culture which…