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Developing Improvement Leaders

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TPM The Missing Link To Excellence

TPM The Missing Link To Excellence

In a world of short lived improvement fads, TPM with 60 years plus of measurable gains is a rare example of how to achieve sustained, year on year improvement in performance.  First developed in Japan in the 1950’s.  TPM was first used in Europe during the late 1980’s.

Originally referred to as Total Productive Maintenance but more recently as Total Productive Manufacturing because of its company wide impact on performance improvement.

Since then major global leaders such as St Gobain, Unilever and Heineken have adopted TPM as their global route to delivering impressive and sustained performance improvement.

Below are a series of articles setting out why TPM is so successful and how to replicate the success of well respected and award winning organisations.  

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Lean and Green?

Lean and Green?

This newsletter covers recent breakthroughs in the application of Lean thinking to support Green/Environmental performance improvement.  Topics below cover: -

  1. Interviews with Operational Executives from leading European Manufacturers about their approach to Green/Environmental improvement.
  2. How a Lean approach to the Green agenda improved the payback on environmental projects to around 5 times that of traditional technology led approaches.
  3. Our "Lean is Green" training workshop led by Neil Trivedi
  4. A review of a successful 3 year Lean Green implementation in a book co-authored by Neil
  5. An analysis of the financial gains made by organisations with proactive eco improvement agenda's.
  6. The link between OEE improvement and reduced energy usage.

If you want to know even more, why not book on our next Lean Green Factory 3 day workshop.

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Lean Office

Lean Office

The gains from Lean thinking are as significant in the office as they are in manufacturing.  In fact because administrative processes are at the heart of all operations, the Lean improvement potential extends far beyond the office walls.  The final frontier of Lean improvement. 

 

Unfortunately "rogue" processes developed in response to business cycles of growth, stability and in some cases managed decline can result in a legacy of overly complex systems and procedures.  High performing businesses need high performing administration processes but these legacy processes can constrain the pace of performance improvement and limit the potential gains from advances in technology.

 

Office team leaders have a pivotal role to play in delivering the full potential.  The articles below explain more. 

 

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The Art & Science of Project Management

The Art & Science of Project Management

The theme of this newsletter is how organisations with effective Project Management Practices are those that have learned to blend both the art and science of project management to avoid common project pitfalls.  (see examples below)

  • The Art of Project Management: processes that impact on outlook, interaction and decision making
  • The Science of Project Management: Tools and techniques to plan, organise and Control the delivery of project goals.

Logic alone is seldom enough yet project management methods such as Prince2 (Project in Controlled Environments) specifically exclude the knowledge/creative management, project quality assurance mechanisms and value engineering processes that characterise more than 50% of the recipe for success. 

 

 

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The Hidden Factory Landscape

The Hidden Factory Landscape

 

In our last newsletter we set out the management competencies that award winning organisations develop on their improvement journey from good to better to best.  We call this the Hidden Factory Road Map because most of the gains come from releasing the potential of existing operations.  Furthermore most of these gains come from incremental low cost or even no cost improvements!. This newsletter concentrates on the practical steps to progress along the Hidden Factory Road Map.

 

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Early Equipment Management / Maintenance Prevention

Early Equipment Management / Maintenance Prevention

 

Most managers have had experience of projects which failed to deliver their promise or where costs escalated farbeyond their original estimate.  Research shows that root causes are most frequently traced back to the early project stages. This newsletter explains how Early Equipment Management deals with potential project risks and supports the delivery of enhanced project value, on time, on budget.

 

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Delivering Award Winning Performance is like "Releasing a Hidden Factory"

Delivering Award Winning Performance is like "Releasing a Hidden Factory"

A survey of Best Factory Award winners hightlights what it takes to deliver award winning performances.  Every story was different and yet there were common themes.  In particular the comment that "the potential gains were always there, like a hidden factory, we just didnt see them!"  

The survey indentified four barriers to progress which these organisations overcame on the journey to outstanding performance. These were setting direction, building capability, performance management and engaging the organisation.  Click on the articles below for more information on each area.

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CPD Accreditation

CPD Accreditation

 

CPD Accreditation for DAK Training Courses.  See course page for details of CPD training hours and which courses have been submitted and awarded the accreditation.

 

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