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The collaboration equation

FEATURE – In an excerpt from his new book, the author discusses the importance of building collaboration in your teams and explains why this is the …

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How we built a lean foundry from scratch

INTERVIEW – Ahead of this week’s Lean Global Connection, we talk to one of the speakers, who is trying to create a foundry that is lean …

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Lack of electric vehicle charging points in rural areas casts doubt on delivery of Climate Action Plan pledge

Number of publicly available EV charge points notably low in rural counties One million electric vehicles by 2030 not achievable without proper charging point infrastructure There …

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Truth conquers all

FEATURE – Can lean relieve some of the pain and fear people experience in this crazy world? It can, says the author, because amid so much …

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What is standardized work?

ROUND-UP – Standardized work, which lies at the foundation of the TPS house, is a necessary component of a lean transformation. This article looks at the …

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What is Yokoten?

ROUNDUP – Knowing sharing is a powerful enabler of lean change. In this roundup, our editor discusses the benefits of yokoten and shares a few examples. …

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Boosting the lean-agile maturity of our teams

FEATURE – BRQ Digital Solutions shows that effective customer-focused improvement must happen from the inside out, with team development aligned with the pillars of lean digital …

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Lean maintenance in agriculture

FEATURE – The problems agricultural businesses encounter every day can be solved using simple concepts of lean maintenance, resulting in considerable gains. Click here to access …

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Lean through four generations

FEATURE – Every lean generational has faced challenges, and it’s critical we understand the context around us if we are to continue to grow our Community, …

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Tell me about your metrics and I’ll tell you who you are

FEATURE – Pure and simple management by indicators can be a trap leading us to make decisions that are inconsistent with the real needs of a …

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Enabling improvement across our healthcare system

CASE STUDY – How do you give hundreds of primary care units the tools and knowledge they need to make improvements? The Catalan Health Service found …

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An enterprise-wide cultural transformation

CASE STUDY – A Chilean company selling and servicing vehicles and equipment for a variety of industries has made of humility the leading trait of its …

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Toyota: differentiation and vitality

FEATURE – Toyota recently achieved the #1 spot in sales in the United States after 90 years of leadership by GM, which shows how capable the …

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Post-pandemic hansei

FEATURE – Back on the road after two years, the author reflects on how lean organizations have performed during the pandemic and addresses age-old misunderstandings about …

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Seeing problems, four types of them

FEATURE – Using data from a recent piece of research on logistics, the author discusses how Lean Thinking contributes to a more efficient and effective way …

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Whittle by whittle

CASE STUDY – This Dutch SME is transforming its picking operation – partly with the introduction of a U-shaped design – to increase the number of …

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5 ways to improve your connection with the gemba

FEATURE – The author discusses the practices that can help us make the most of the traditional mantra “go see, ask why, and show respect”. Click …

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Yokoten and a logistics improvement in healthcare

FEATURE – In this article, we hear about how the lean successes of one hospital inspired an entire healthcare authority to introduce changes to their processes. …

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Cost calculation vs cost awareness

As inflation bites, the author offers us an insightful take into what it really means to understand a company’s costs. Hint, it doesn’t involve passing them …

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Lean learning, reinvented

INTERVIEW – From hospitals to start-ups, lean principles have been applied far beyond their origins at Toyota. This article discusses how lean can be applied to …

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Lean transformations: failure and misconceptions

FEATURE – Drawing inspiration from his research into the causes of failure of transformations, the author discusses how these can directly be linked to the most …

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How hoshin is giving us a common purpose

CASE STUDY – This 104-year-old Chilean provider of integral solutions for the mining industry has turned to hoshin kanri to effectively connect everyone’s work with the …

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The value of testing multiple concepts at once

SERIES—The authors discuss Concepts, the second of six elements in their process development model, discovering the key knowledge gaps, and exploring multiple process design options to …

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GridBeyond launches operations in Australia

GridBeyond, the world’s leading technology player for managing distributed and flexible energy resources is expanding its geographic reach to provide services to Australia. After launching in …

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Lean in: How to deliver customer value through operational excellence

Enterprise Ireland has introduced an Operational Excellence Offer with the aim of supporting companies of all sizes to address their competitive challenges and growth opportunities through …

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Creating a model primary care unit

CASE STUDY – This primary care unit in Brazil is hoping to become a model for other units in their system. Take note, this is how …

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Over 30 new jobs to be posted before the end of 2022

Dublin, Ireland, April 6, 2022 – Gilead Sciences, a global biotechnology company, today announced the formal opening of its Dublin city centre office focused on developing …

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All the world is a stage

FEATURE – The conflict unfolding in Ukraine acts as a tragic reminder of the threat posed by despotic, unapproachable, and paranoid leaders, says Sharon Visser. Click …

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Lean ain’t fishy

CASE STUDY – This Norwegian firm learned that allowing every person and area to move up their own lean learning curve can steer the business away …

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Understanding the context of your process

SERIES – The authors discuss the first of six elements in their process development model – Context – highlighting the importance of gaining clarity on the …

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Slashing waiting times for cancer care

CASE STUDY – This project in Brazil, part of a city-wide effort to improve patient flows, led to impressive results in the waiting time to access …

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Our hoshin journey

FEATURE – This Siemens Group-owned medium-sized manufacturer of electrical low-voltage devices has been experimenting with hoshin kanri. In this article, they share their experience and lessons …

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Our hoshin journey

FEATURE – This Siemens Group-owned medium-sized manufacturer of electrical low-voltage devices has been experimenting with hoshin kanri. In this article, they share their experience and lessons …

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The competitive advantage of lean process creation

SERIES – The authors of The Power of Process open their new series by explaining why it’s critical to integrate product and process development. Click here …

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Back from the brink

ROUNDUP – Our editor looks back at the best articles explaining how Lean Thinking can help in a crisis and bring an organization back from the …

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How to shorten product development lead-time

FEATURE – Reflecting on the transformations he has supported, the author provides a few recommendations on how to get products to market faster. Click here to …

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Lean and the 5th industrial revolution

FEATURE – The author shares a few lessons learned on his company’s journey to Industry/Quality 4.0, the foundation to 5.0 Artificial Intelligence. Click here to access …

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‘Fruitful’ lean work

CASE STUDY – This Chilean agrobusiness company achieved great results in a very short time by applying lean to standardize its processes and improve its productivity. …

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Control or cooperate? Lean is about cooperation rather than control

Pick any lean tool. What do you intend with it? Take Just-in-Time, for example. Do you mean to use it to control the amount of inventory …

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The power of suggestions

TPS is the most prominent and visible element of Toyota’s story, but it’s not the only one. There is a relatively hidden – if not invisible …

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What kind of executive are you?

FEATURE – Lean provides everyone with a framework to learn continuously and do an ever-better job. Without this understanding, an executive will not be able to …

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Embracing the kaizen spirit

When we emphasize systems and roles but fail to encourage and support kaizen, we cannot expect to tap into the full potential of Lean Thinking as …

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A story of caring leadership and creativity

A leader’s creativity and care for her people can lead to extraordinary results even in the most challenging of environments. As the latest LGN book comes …

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Lean around the clock

With one of the biggest lean events of the year just four days away, John Shook tells you why you should participate and what you can …

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Pathways to reduce greenhouse emissions

FEATURE – Imagine targeting a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions by setting our lean minds to it? The authors discuss building better, circular supply …

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Having fun with lean

INTERVIEW – As the Lean Global Connection approaches, we learn more about one of the sessions attendees will be able to enjoy and how a game …

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Transforming our way of managing using lean

CASE STUDY – The turning point in this Colombian construction company’s transformation came when they started to embrace lean as a culture rather than just a …

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Bringing Dantotsu quality improvement to parts makers

KAMIZEN Kamizen specializes in metal stamping and laser sheet metal processing for a wide variety of applications. Demand can fluctuate wildly; the company’s specialty entails small …

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Andon squares – 5S in the office

I employed an accountant many years ago to head up the debt collection department in the company I was managing. On paper, she had all the …

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Rosderra Irish Meats – Experienced Meat Processor Operation

This role will involve carrying out tasks within an area of responsibility to meet daily output requirements. The role involves taking part in continuous improvement initiatives …

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Lean & Happiness – Generating more Efficiency

Employee happiness leads to greater efficiency and higher quality, which is why it’s increasingly being adopted as an indicator by firms. But how does lean relate …

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What lean marketing teaches us
about packaging

The importance of packaging cannot be stressed enough. It is the “clothing” of your product and can really help boost your sales by making it stand …

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A Lean Strategy –
Learning by
improving

Humans have been designing strategies to deal with their overwhelming problems since the dawn of time. From the strategies used by ancient Greek generals to defeat …

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Enabling change at Stanford Children’s Health with a value stream Jishuken

In March 2019, Stanford Children’s Health partnered with the Lean Global Network to host a two-day value stream Jishuken event in the MRI department. It was …

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How can digital companies develop a competitive edge in the “tech first” future?

Software development has changed a lot since the Agile Manifesto was written and wider Agile movement was born in the early 2000s. These days, developers in …

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Customer satisfaction in Haidilao restaurants – A case study

Haidilao has been the most popular hotpot restaurant chain in China for many years now. Famous for its Sichuan-style broth and its top-notch customer service, the …

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10 obstacles to lean transformations in Halfway Toyota

The lean journey of the Halfway Group has been documented extensively on Planet Lean (read previous articles here). By any measure, the transformation has been successful, …

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Can lean thinking help with a brutal drop
in sales?

Examples of lean companies that experienced a sudden 50%+ drop in turnover this spring due to the Covid-19 pandemic abound. We have come across so many …

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Turning a cave into a museum with lean marketing

Giuseppe Ciarfaglia runs two B&Bs in the southern Italian city of Matera. The establishments are located in the historic heart of the city – known as …

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Lean logistics at Thales Land & Air System
Elancourt

I recently perused the content of my Notes from the Gemba series and realized that over the years I have observed and reported on many key …

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How lean tools and principles lead to better writing

Ensuring our message gets across to people can make or break our projects, marketing campaigns (not to mention political ones), even our transformation efforts. The importance …

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“System 3” Lean Thinking and Lean Management

Nobel prize recipient Daniel Kahneman distinguishes two different thinking pathways according to whether we think hotly, which is quickly and automatically, or coldly, that is slowly …

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Six Toyota lean practices
for leading
with respect

FEATURE – The authors share the main insights from a webinar with two Toyota leaders from South America, on the leadership practices that have allowed the …

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Using Lean to stay focused on the goal during a
crisis

As the world is in turmoil, I think of the floodwater that gently flows down the mighty Okavango river creeping into the flood plains, bringing life-giving …

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University of Oxford – Lean and the global Covid-19 vaccine race

In February 2020, the University of Oxford put out a proactive call to the UK biotech community  to request help to develop a process that could …

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Lean ASAP! – ramping up production of medical gowns for healthcare workers

The first case of Covid-19 in Norway was registered on February 26th. Just a few days later, on March 1st, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and …

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An obeya to build and industrialize our IT delivery system

During a recent experience in an international insurance company, I coached and supported several teams as they worked to accelerate the delivery of an application server …

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Lean Transformation – Improving children’s care at a Chinese hospital

Giraffe Hospital is located in the city of Dongguan, in the coastal province of Guangdong, southern China. Its official name is Dong Guan 8th Hospital, but …

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Lean Transformation: Putting the customer at the heart of public service

The Borough of Vestre Toten, “kommune” in Norwegian, is home to one of Norway’s largest industry clusters located in the town of Raufoss. Inspired by the …

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Have you ever considered how Lean Thinking could apply to politics?

On September 20-21, millions of Italians were called to the polls to vote in local and regional elections. Up for grabs were seven regions and several …

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What is the contribution of Lean Thinking to the battle against climate change?

INTERVIEW – What is the contribution of Lean Thinking to the battle against climate change? Michael Ballé discusses the Toyota approach to sustainability and what it …

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Most effective tools lean practitioners can deploy to design solid processes

On many occasions during our work to support organizations in their lean efforts, we have faced the challenge of having to represent visually processes that we …

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The Lean Enterprise Academy just launched the Lean Learning Journey

INTERVIEW – The Lean Enterprise Academy just launched the Lean Learning Journey, an online platform from which practitioners can pull the practical knowledge they need in …

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Making It Work: Bundledocs takes its chances to expand as demand takes off

It has just closed a €600,000 seed round and built up an enviable client base of more than 700 law firms around the world, but Bundledocs’ …

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Debunking the myth that the methodology stifles creativity

FEATURE – In this personal account, the author explains how Lean Thinking inspires her painting process, debunking the myth that the methodology stifles creativity. I smile …

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Better processes for better care at the Hospital de Bellvitge

CASE STUDY – This Barcelona hospital began its journey with ambitious projects and is starting to see the fruits of its labor, with the pandemic acting …

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Making It Work: Start-up adapts its staff car-park app to allocate desk space

A newly-closed €650,000 seed fund will allow Ronspot to ramp up commercial activity in Ireland and other markets in the months ahead. The tech start-up has …

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Michael Ballé, lean author: A lean view on… the world of media

INTERVIEW – If we truly believe lean can change society, then we should use it as a lens through which to look into different aspects of …

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The “mangineer” and people development in the Esquel-factory in Guilin

Over the past couple of decades, global textile companies have faced a dilemma. On the one hand, they can automate operations to mass-produce tons of standard …

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Think big: How AI is helping Irish businesses innovate and grow

In 2013, behavioural economist Dan Ariely likened big data to teenage sex: “Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is …

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Lean thinking for a business model that goes beyond expliotation

Some events have the power to change how we see the world. In recent weeks, the tragic murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has galvanized the …

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LEAN, THE FOUNDATION OF A SUCCESSFUL TURNAROUND

FEATURE – In business, the word “turnaround” refers to radical changes in the direction a company is moving toward. Here’s why Lean Thinking can increase the …

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Getting an airline communication system off the ground in real-time

The grounding of the global airline industry is not too much of a concern for Justin Perry, whose aviation tech start-up Frequency has just closed a …

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Tools and framework for effective marketing strategies

FEATURE – Tools and framework help us to bring lean principles to life and act on our strategies. The author introduces the Lean Marketing Canvas. Words: …

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Jishuken at a Coloplast Parts Distribution Center in Tatabanya, Hungary

Coloplast Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Tatabanya, Hungary was experiencing long lead-times in its internal processes. At busy times, orders picked in the warehouse tended to …

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The power of visual thinking in lean management

Vision is such a potent sense that we tend to recall pictures much better than we do written or spoken words. Lean practitioners know the power …

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30 years since Machine came out – Part 2

Roberto Priolo: The Machine that Changed the World is considered a classic. But how was it received when it first came out? Jim Womack: At that time – …

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The modern workplace’s Digital Transformation

The Digital Transformation of the modern workplace remains a crucial factor in preserving company culture, staying competitive, and enhancing customer connection. The Covid-19 health crisis has resulted in …

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30 years since Machine came out – Part 1

INTERVIEW – In the fall of 1990, a book was published that would kickstart a revolution in business. This week we are catching up with the …

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Lean Transformation: Do you run a team or a gang?

Over the past 30 years, I have been able to observe different types of  organizations in Southern Africa, their cultures, and their management styles. I have …

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Making a hotel restaurant leaner and safer

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought dramatic change to the hotel and restaurant sector, forcing organizations around the world to adopt ever more stringent measures that aim …

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The textile industry is smooth as silk

The textile industry has undergone deep scrutiny and several changes in recent years. The pressure to reduce costs has been relentless, global competition is growing fiercer …

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Three strategies to reuse product knowledge

Today’s highly competitive market requires companies to engage in ever faster technology development while maintaining costs under control, in order to cope with increased pressure from …

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Our experience teaching lean at SulAmérica

The resolution of beginning to work with lean thinking and practice at SulAmérica was a top down decision. It was part of the company’s strategy to …

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Irish talent tech helping businesses learn & thrive

In these turbulent times, many firms are viewing the period of disruption as an opportunity to reassess and improve how they care for and develop employees …

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No Lean Thinking without Kanban

Open most lean books and you get a feeling that Kanban is an afterthought – one of the many “tools” that we’re supposed to move away …

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Lean Improvements: Our hotel after Covid-19

At the end of February, a hotel very close to us, in Costa Adeje, had one of the first cases of Covid-19 recorded outside of Italy …

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Changing our minds to change our business

Putting on my face mask as I reach Billy-Berclau, in the north of France, and step into the facilities of Sefar Fyltis, a specialist in technical …

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Transforming our training company

Around 10 years after they founded Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Ari Weinzweig and Paul Saginaw laid out a new vision for the organization and decided to create a …

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Beckman Coulter’s Co Clare role in fighting COVID-19

Beckman Coulter’s Irish site in Co Clare is manufacturing a key serology product (assay) in the fight against COVID-19. The Immunoglobin G (IgG) serology test is already being …

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Optimizing material handling with lean

In 2018, an agribusiness organization in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, improved its material handling cycle by 75% and was able to increase its productivity …

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Lean Business Continuity Voucher – Upskill & Reskill

The Lean Business Continuity Voucher is available to eligible companies to access up to €2,500 in training or advisory services support related to the continued operation …

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EI will allocate full €180m Covid fund, vows CEO

Enterprise Ireland (EI) has allocated just €20m of a special EU-approved Covid rescue fund to troubled Irish companies. But agency chief executive Julie Sinnamon told the …

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Why lean marketing is the future

Covid-19 has pushed the global economy closer to the VUCA scenario (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) than it’s been in decades. In today’s market, change is continuous …

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Lean in internal supply logistics

Every company wants to grow. However, growing your market share comes with the challenge of increasing production with the existing equipment to meet customer demand. A …

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Four types of problems, in the management system

FEATURE – A lean management system is necessary to effectively run a business. Can Art Smalley’s four types of problems framework help such a system to …

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Passing down TPS across generations

I first met Harada-san in January 1999 when Toyota assigned him as president of their manufacturing company in Taiwan known as Kuozui Motors, one of Toyota’s …

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Quality first means more sales

When we launched Veygo in October 2016, we were like all new startups: we were really fast (we released our MVP – minimun viable product – …

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Problem with batching – remove batching!

SulAmérica decided long ago to focus on the SME (small- and medium-sized enterprises) market as a business strategy in the healthcare insurance segment. This proved to …

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Marie Kondo and the art of home 4S

We have all learned a lot during the Covid-19 crisis. A lot has changed over the past few weeks, including – for many of us – …

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The ball is in our court – it’s time to act

Over the past 30 years, international real estate company Sonae Sierra has grown to become one of the best-known names in the shopping center business. For …

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EU executive body outlines recovery advice for Ireland

The EU’s executive body has recommended that Ireland should “take all necessary measures to effectively address the pandemic, sustain the economy and support the ensuing recovery.” …

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Eight practices to put more green into lean

“How can you be running a lean transformation exercise and have waste streams that go into landfills?” nudged Marty Neese, COO of solar panel maker SunPower …

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Principles of Lean Manufacturing to Engineering

The concept of lean manufacturing is commonplace in the automotive industry. In this article we explore how Dearborn Mid-West Company (DMC), a manufacturer of automotive assembly …

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€2 million Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD has announced that applications are now open for the new Enterprise Ireland €2 million Covid-19 Online Retail …

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Keep calm and manage stably: Akio Toyoda on crises

When we read the article, Lockdown Leads Toyota Chief to Question Core Tenet for Carmaker (Bloomberg May 13), we were surprised, even a bit concerned. Questioning “long-ingrained practices” …

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How we made our microbiology lab Covid-ready

At the end of 2018, our hospital – the SS. Antonio e Biagio e Cesare Arrigo hospital (AO AL) in the city of Alessandria, in northern …

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Anticipating the Covid-19 storm in an unknown changing world

It is 6:45 in the morning in Martinique, an island in the French West Indies, and exotic birds are chirping in the background as I begin …

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Lean Manufacturing: Is it Really Worth It?

Who Needs Lean Manufacturing? A company in need of lean manufacturing practices tends to be easy to identify, typically displaying multiple of the following symptoms of …

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Working on Improving the Planning on Your Projects!

Sometime in college, many of us learned that it is better to develop a strong, good work plan so that project execution can happen smoothly. However, …

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Ardmac awarded cleanroom construction at Wuxi

Ardmac have been awarded the specialist cleanroom construction on the biggest bio-pharma manufacturing facility to be built in Ireland on behalf of Wuxi Biologics. Chinese pharmaceutical …

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Daily management in construction

Daily management (DM) is a continuous process to ensure that the work is being done the right way and at the right time to achieve business success …

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Reimagining restaurants after Covid-19

As the world comes to terms with the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the global economy, it is clear that no sector will be spared. For …

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Enterprise Ireland ‘repayable’ fund for SMEs

Enterprise Ireland has a Business Response Unit, and in these times, it has been busy. Over 1,000 businesses have engaged with the unit since March, with …

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The power of lean planning and scheduling

TenneT is a transmission system operator responsible for Holland’s and part of Germany’s high-voltage electricity grid and its connections to neighboring countries. We are in charge …

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Lean Six Sigma Offers Options to Supply Chains During Covid Outbreak

As the impact of the coronavirus on supply chains continues, advice is coming in from Lean Six Sigma practitioners on ways the methodology can help organizations …

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Facing the crisis with an appetite for improvement

All around the world, healthcare workers have been fighting for us all with dedication and professionalism. We owe them a debt of gratitude. But there are …

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New Covid-19 business supports and €180 million scheme

New Covid-19 “Sustaining Enterprise Fund” administered by Enterprise Ireland provides up to €800k in liquidity support for companies affected by Coronavirus Enterprise Ireland has welcomed new Covid-19 …

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Turning one ventilator into multiple engineered ventilation stations

The Irish manufacturer Combilift, best known for its range of space-saving forklifts and other handling solutions, has drawn on its expertise in engineering and software design …

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Taking Lean To The Next Level

While manufacturers have used lean principles for decades to increase their productivity and reduce complexity, smart technologies can now be integrated to enhance the impact. Daniel …

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Healthcare practitioners fighting Covid

When things in the operating room get difficult, Dr Llorenç Mateo from the Consorci Sanitari del Alt Penedès-Garraf usually repeats to his colleagues a mantra: “Stable …

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The 5S Audit Checklist

The 5S Audit Checklist helps to assess the organization standards of the office or the factory. This audit or score is generally based on the frequency, …

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Your Best Manufacturing Solution

“Do you know a place to get this made?” That’s a question I hear a lot from entrepreneurs looking for a manufacturing solution. It’s actually a very complex …

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Small Manufacturers Finally Respected

Unsurprisingly, there has been a shift in manufacturing business process in practically every American industrial setting. The lean thinking paradigm now includes purchasing and supply chain …

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The 5 M’s of Lean

A great tool for management to maintain and improve the work flow is called the 5 M’s. By always keeping an eye on the 5 M’s, …

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5S Audit Checklist for the Factory

The 5S Audit Checklist helps to assess the organization standards of the office or the factory. This audit or score is generally based on the frequency, …

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Staying ready in uncertain times

The automotive business has been severely hit by the pandemic. Only a few weeks ago, before the lockdown, 70% of households in France were driving to …

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Lean product development

In the hyper-competitive world we live in, establishing a lean product and process development (LPPD) process is of critical importance. With disruption lurking around every corner, …

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The Daily Huddle – COVID-19 Protocol

helter in place” ordinances have been rolled out in towns and cities throughout the nation, but construction has been deemed “essential” in many places. I can’t …

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Lean definitions are useless

Starting a conversation on Twitter or LinkedIn about the definition of “lean” is a little like taking the top off a beehive. Many in the lean …

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Lean healthcare on the front lines

Like many of you, I’m confined. No gemba walks for a while. I’ve been talking to the lean hospital leaders I know and, although we can’t …

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Lean caters for product development needs

You will probably never have heard of Friginox, nor about the group it belongs to, ALI. And unless you were born in the area, you probably …

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Lean Budgets and Investment Funding

Funding practices—that is, the way budgets are allocated throughout the organization—dictate nearly every business outcome. Very little can be accomplished in an organization without the investment …

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The Role of Lean Leaders

Lean thinking is fundamentally transforming the way organizations operate. The Lean principles of continuous improvement, respect for people, and a relentless focus on delivering customer value …

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The world after Covid-19

A crisis is a great opportunity to challenge “zombie” ideas and practices that are now obsolete and even detrimental to our progress. It is also an …

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Lean IT and DevOps: The new kids on the block

Lean IT and DevOps are the new kids on the block. Well not really.  They have been around for a while but it seems they are …

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Principles of Lean Manufacturing To Simplify and Scale

The principles of lean manufacturing can help companies to operate more efficiently. Implementing lean concepts is beneficial for the bottom line since greater efficiency leads to …

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Implementing lean information management: the case study of an automotive company

Worldwide modern organisation is continuously crossed by a great number of information but frequently information is not accurate, the needed information is not generated or it …

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Understanding Lean and Lean Construction in Ireland

Lean can be originally traced to Toyota in 1950s Japan. Toyota’s goal was to produce cars of the best quality, at the lowest cost and with …

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“Lean Thinking” and the 5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing

Value The Lean approach begins with a detailed understanding of what value the customer assigns to product and services. This is what determines what the customer …

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Bringing lean to the people

The manufacture of trucks and buses has been at the heart of our work at Mercedes Benz Brazil since the company opened its first factory in …

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Were we born for a time such as this?

Some of us have found their passion for lean young in life, perhaps in university; others did while working at Toyota or other lean organizations; others …

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Lean management in healthcare

Industrial improvement approaches such as Lean management are increasingly being adopted in health care. Synthesis is necessary to ensure these approaches are evidence based and requires …

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Is our response to Covid-19 flawed?

Over the past couple of months, our countries have had to make unprecedented decisions and adopt measures that, until a few weeks ago, would have been …

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How Lean Can Apply to Your Company

The popularity of lean management has exploded in recent years. More and more companies are adopting lean techniques in an effort to improve efficiency, profitability, and …

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Understanding and eliminating waste

This paper deals with the development of a new approach for supporting the improvement of information management and the overall information systems infrastructure. In particular, the …

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Leveraging lean learnings to face the crisis

BEFORE THE CRISIS Jean Baptiste started at Admiral a few years ago. His job was to design new insurance products, but he knew the company needed …

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History of lean

The term lean was first used by Womack, Jones and Roos to describe the Toyota Production system. It means far more than simply cutting costs, as …

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Lean service operations

One common theme throughout the lean production literature is the focus on manufacturing companies. This paper begins the investigation into the contingencies to the applicability of …

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RFID & Lean Manufacturing – Perfect Pair?

Companies that know manufacturing know lean is the way to go. But even lean operations might have some work to do if they’re not using the …

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New Lean Frontiers

For the last 10 years, leading organizations have been successfully importing concepts and solutions from lean manufacturing into service industries such as retail, travel, healthcare, government, …

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Launch Of Lean4Micro Book Of Cases 2020

March 3rd, at an event hosted by Galway Local Enterprise Office in the Druid theatre, the first book of cases for Small and Micro businesses was …

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Daily management in a crisis

In these times of crisis, everything feels in a constant state of flux. In small businesses like in huge corporations, in individual processes and workstations as …

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Initiafy headcount set to double

Initiafy, an Irish company that has developed an online induction platform for workers in the construction sector, has rebranded as GoContractor. The move comes as the …

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Richard Fitzpatrick opens IGLC 2019

On the 2nd of July in Croke Park, Dublin Richard Fitzpatrick Chair for Lean Construction Ireland opened Industry Day of the 27th International Group for Lean …

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Eagle Alpha raises $2.4m

This morning (6 August), alternative data solutions company Eagle Alpha announced that it has raised more than $2.4m. This brings the company’s total funding to date …

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BidRecruit is taking the pain out of HR

CAROLINE GLEESON WAS a tech recruiter at Morgan McKinley where she got some valuable experience into the challenges the recruitment industry faces. “It’s where we came …

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Wexford skincare firm enter new markets

Holos Skincare manufactures, distributes and markets its own brand of plant-based skincare with a holistic approach that embraces skin health, wellbeing, ethics and sustainability in Enniscorthy, …

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Lean BI Reschedule Conference

Lean Business Ireland reschedule National Conference Following consultation with the HSE, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, the decision has been made to postpone our annual conference …

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 Staying Productive During Covid 19

The focus of this online panel discussion is to share various ideas and strategies that different companies across different sectors are undertaking to: Mitigate the spread …

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Manufacturing The Future Conference

Medtech & Engineering the Conference on the 5th of March for Discrete Manufacturing Sectors The digital transformation of manufacturing and manufacturing processes has arrived, and now …

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