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Lapland Goes Lean-Part 2

In the December 2014 the newsletter I provided some information regarding Lean implementation at Santa’s Grotto in Lapland. I recently visited again to see how progress had gone over the precedi....
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Lapland Goes Lean-Part 1

I recently had the privilege to visit a Lapland organisation and talk to their founder and CEO, Father Christmas. The opportunity arose when I was doing some research for the December Newsletter and f....
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Latest Lean Update

During my reading of blogs and emails looking for something to put in the roundup I found this article on American Leather, a furniture manufacturer. If you read the article you will find the owner, B....
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Lean Round Up May

THE LATEST ROUND UP OF ALL THINGS LEAN   We start the latest round up with a short item on the BBC website explaining how the Arianne 6 rocket is built around Lean Principles. Some ver y interest....
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Latest Lean Roundup

THE LATEST ROUND UP OF ALL THINGS LEAN   Dairy NZ has been supporting farmers around New Zealand implementing business efficiencies into their dairy sheds recently thanks to a programme based on ....
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February Lean Round UP

A ROUND UP OF ALL THINGS LEAN IN FEBRUARY So a new year and a difference approach to the newsletter. A more rapid fire style with links to Lean items of interest, funnies, resources and stories. Lets ....
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UnLean Lean

My colleagues in the Lean community and I will often share stories of visits we have made to organizations, and/or conversations we have had with others. Often those discussions involve what several o....
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The First CICE Conference

Anyone was welcome who wanted to learn and share. And it’s humbling how much people were willing to. I said at the beginning of the day that once people got going it would be difficult to stop them ....
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You’re Good When You Think You’re Bad

Over a decade ago I created my first Lean enterprise assessment, just as a tool to help me understand gaps in my organization.  I’m generally loath to use such tools as they are generally misinterp....
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How To Avoid Big Company Disease – How Toyota Got Their Groove Back

In early 2014, one company took a giant step backwards that many felt would yield only a small step forward. But for Akio Toyoda, the CEO of Toyota, it was a step that would eventually eliminate the n....
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