Recent Blog Posts

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…

Current News Updates

November 9, 2019

Tech tip: Design of Experiments

Want to learn how to identify and optimise key inputs? This 15-minute video shows how DOE can be used to assist the validation of an adhesive bond process in medical device manufacture.

November 8, 2019

Toyota UK visit with Enterprise Ireland: 26th & 27th November 2019

Enterprise Ireland has been offered access to the Toyota Engine Manufacturing Plant in Deeside, North Wales. This will consist of two-day lean workshop/interaction with Toyota UK. For more information on costs and to register, please contact Stephen Reid…

October 2, 2019

5S in the Office

The paperless office is a myth…….or is it? The intrepid people in The Gemba Academy have recently published series of 5S video for the office. You may not learn how to get rid of paper,…

September 5, 2019

SPC for Excel version 6 is now available

In June 2019, the developers of the Excel add-on ‘SPC for Excel’ announced the launch of version 6. Click on the title link to download a free trial of this very handy statistical software package.…