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    The aim of this site is to share knowledge, resources and experience with others who are keen to increase performance through continuous improvement. At KPS we work with businesses enabling them to grow and improve productivity whilst developing their individuals and teams.

    Our team of highly experienced specialists provide a broad range of Business Development, Marketing and Operational expertise.

  • Online Lean Benchmarking

    Benchmarking orgnanizations in a similar industry or sector, provides a focus for improvement and can give a business that vital competitive edge.

    This web based self assessment tool identifies current strengths and improvement targets across seven Lean competencies.

    The personalised report provides a detailed gap analysis as well as a series of key recommendations and actions required to take your organisation to the next level.

  • Online Sales Benchmarking

    Benchmarking orgnanizations in a similar industry or sector, provides a focus for improvement and can give a business that vital competitive edge.

    This web based self assessment tool identifies current strengths and improvement targets across seven Lean competencies.

    The personalised report provides a detailed gap analysis as well as a series of key recommendations and actions required to take your organisation to the next level.

  • Lean Benchmarking

    Do you need to reduce lead times, increase 'right first time' quality performance or improve productivity and bottom line profits?

    Organisations that develop Lean systems are more competitive and increase their profitability in spite of tough market conditions.

    This on site assessment carried out by a seasoned Lean practitioner benchmarks performance against businesses in a similar industry or sector.

  • Skills Coaching

    How are you developing the potential leaders within your business?

    Skills Coaching enables an organisation to tap into hidden capabilities, motivate key individuals and grow potential leaders.

    Through a series of monthly one to one sessions we work through nine recognised leadership competencies. The coaching sessions are designed to develop the necessary skills required in order to deliver the stated business objectives.

Category Archives: lean

Innovation has continued to drive a hugely competitive environment within the manufacturing industry. Today’s competitive environment leaves no room for error. But, how do you eliminate these errors. More importantly, how do you ensure your operational capability is way ahead of your competitors and implement a significant step chain in performance? The answer is Six […]

Keen to show support for the manufacturing sector, Laura Sandys MP for South Thanet attended the latest Kent Best Practice Club facilitated by Mark Knowlton. Laura talked openly with business leaders about the challenges and opportunities facing the sector. The MAS Kent Best Practice Club, a collaborative network of local leading manufacturers, has been meeting […]

Can LEAN Kill Growth?

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Listening to the news from Davos 2012 this week you might think so. It would appear that there is too much focus on austerity these days and too little on growth. Heads of the IMF and World Bank have joined other influential figures in calling on countries to implement more policies to encourage economic growth. […]

Lean tools and other useful stuff

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Download Lean Tools and Templates Famous quotes from Lean Gurus    Lean Jargon Buster      5S Audit template Lean Benchmarking    Mapping data capture templates Reports FREE sample Lean Benchmark Report UK Manufacturing Outlook December 2011 (EEF & BDO) UK Manufacturing Outlook September 2011 (EEF & BDO) Achieving excellence in production supply August 2011 (PWC)  Economic Prospects 2010 (EEF) The […]

Waste Goggles – are you wearing yours?

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In these times of austerity, it seems to me that some business leaders in the service sector who favour ‘slash and burn’ cost cutting measures are short sighted and would do well to reach for a set of Waste Goggles first. Many operational leaders don’t really appreciate what waste (or ‘Muda’ using the Lean jargon) […]

Lean Chicken or Egg?

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The age old question – how to get started with lean? It’s a bit like Chicken or Egg…should we just try a few lean tools first and see how we get on, or begin with a clearly defined lean strategy and implementation plan. Some business gurus insist that lean is not a set of ‘tools and techniques’ […]

“There were a number of benefits to our organisation; this gave us independent feedback on the status of our lean implementation, it also allowed us to compare and  highlight strengths and weaknesses with others in the lean community and analyse our current status. The gap analysis offered useful suggestions for improvement projects. The assessment also focused […]

Lean in HR – Why bother?

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A critically important issue in Lean success is the relationship between Human Resources (HR) and Lean transformation. There are two facets to the relationship between Lean and HR. First, the HR function like any other department in the company needs to apply Lean principles towards process improvement of its own work. Secondly, the HR function […]

Lean in HR – Why bother?

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A critically important issue in Lean success is the relationship between Human Resources (HR) and Lean transformation. There are two facets to the relationship between Lean and HR. First, the HR function like any other department in the company needs to apply Lean principles towards process improvement of its own work. Secondly, the HR function […]

Lean in the NHS – it can work!

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The challenge The challenge for this hospital trust was to reduce day to day operating costs and at the same time increase capacity & patient throughput in Day Case wards. The online Lean Benchmark Report was an excellent starting point (see sample report) Two day case teams across two hospitals worked together to assess the current value […]

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