I’m glad this isn’t my day job

We’ve all probably said this at some time. Probably caused by the frustration of having to do something that’s been handed to you that’s not your normal job and the whole activity seems frustrating, long winded and futile.

Are you converting trust and influence into value adding time?

From being young and growing up, to working, relationships and parenting, the basic foundations of what happens are based upon trust and how we use it. Are you using the influence that you have to its full potential?

50% improvement in one week is more than an aspiration

Many people believe that setting stretch targets is more about setting aspirational goals than expecting actual breakthrough levels of improvement. We probably all know an inspirational quote that starts with “Reach for the stars and …”. However, as part of a Lean transformation it’s not just about setting high targets with a hope of motivating people to improve, it’s about using the methodology to deliver tangible breakthrough results.

How to reduce lead times from the supply chain by implementing lean

Lead times are the single biggest factor influencing the performance of any supply chain. Should we be allowing for the lead time that your supplier needs by ordering earlier? Perhaps customers simply need to forecast better?!

The power of Obeyas and Visual Management for Project Management

In many organisations you will find that there are Project Managers whose role it is to coordinate projects. They find themselves trying to get all the departments and silos in the organisation to pull in the same direction to deliver a larger project. Often however they have limited success.

Follow the process !

I was recently reminded of an adage that I have been teaching others for years, but often take for granted myself. Follow the process!

A Visual World

We use Visual Management everyday to make choices about what to do. The better the visual management, the more chance we have of obtaining the correct understanding and making the right decision first time.

Why the voice of the Customer is not everything

The Customer is our starting point and their requirements are the key to our successes. We all know this and have learnt the importance of listening, so how do we still get it wrong?

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right.”

Attributed to Henry Ford this is as applicable in all of our workplaces today as it was then.

Engineering Thinking

There has been a steady decline in the number of Engineering students in the UK; could we reverse this by repackaging the subject to allow a wider application of its core problem solving principles? Have we already done so?