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Developing Improvement Leaders

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DAK Articles

We have put together a mix of self help articles and diagnostic tools.  Please feel free to download and should you require any assistance we would  be happy to help.

 Successful improvement journeys pass through a number of transitions.   The improvement road map health check consists of a 10 questions matrix deeloped from our experience of supporting respected and award wininng organisations on their journey to excellence.  This ihas been applied successfully to help over 200 iorganisations to accelerate their progress to industry leading performance.

  • Download the diagnostic spreadsheet,

  • Complete the 10 self assessment questions

  • Return it to us.

You will received a benchmark report on your strengths and weaknesses plus a free/no obligation programme to accelerate the pace of your improvement journey.



Delivering long-term performance improvement is a two part process beginning with…. Creating a sense of purpose

This article, written by Dennis McCarthy of DAK Consulting and Dr Nick Rich of the University of Wales, Swansea, is based on research into why some organisations are able to deliver year on year improvement whereas others, using the same Lean and TPM toolbox, have less success.



Life Cycle Costing, combining capital and multi year operating costs into a holistic measure of cash flow, is well known but it is often seen as a complex, difficult to apply financial analysis tool.   Yet in most cases, a simple LCC model, taking under an hour to complete, will be sufficient to widen the basis of decision making leading to improved performance of both current and future assets.  This article explains how Life Cycle Cost principles can be applied in a simple but practical way to guide decision making about how to:

  • Deliver the full potential of current/legacy assets;
  • Make informed decisions that reduce Life Cycle Costs even when individual asset cost data are not available;
  • Guide the development and implementation of working methods to deliver the full potential of assets or enhance value added from new assets prior to day one operation;
  • Begin conversations about the impact future challenges to encourage innovation, engagement and a proactive improvement culture. 

Take a look at a sample of delegate learning goals to illustrate the practical issues dealt with by the course content.  Please click and download the PDF.

Predicting the Unpredictable:  Assessing your project process. This PDF sets out common hidden project lossess when delivering new products or capital projects.

Early Equipment Management is a continuous improvement process that will systematically improve your organisations ability to deliver new product, new equipment and new systems in less time with less resource and higher return on investment.


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