'I have worked with Mark over the last 18 months on a variety of Change projects. In that time, he has clearly and consistently demonstrated all the key attributes I would expect from a Business Improvement Consultant. Moreover, his fresh approach not only easily engages people in change, but also enables them to take ownership at a very early stage. Mark is driven to provide the expertise for businesses to become sustainable quickly and he has certainly made a lasting impression on the Lean Champions within Balfour Beatty Rail UK. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Mark to anyone who wants to achieve sustainable change, without the need to go through a long-drawn out process.
As the turbulent economic and political environment continues, organisations across many industry sectors are faced with fierce competition, shrinking operational budgets and reduced profit margins.
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Identifying suppliers that consistently meet our Quality, Cost and Delivery expectations can be a real challenge. Is there a simple formula for supplier selection, or is it okay to rely on our intuition and gut feel?
Here are my top 5 tips for supplier selection, but what do you think is important to consider when selecting a new supplier?
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) actually looks like, are busy satisfying immediate (urgent and important) customer needs and cannot see the wood for the trees when it comes to improving efficiency.
Benchmarking is a systematic process for identifying and implementing best practice - or in simple terms it is about learning from the experiences of others.
Comparing performance with organisations in either similar or dissimilar sectors enables individuals and teams to develop improvement plans and adapt specific best practices, usually with the aim of increasing some aspect of performance.
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.
"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.
This web based tool offers a FREE trial and an opportunity to assess your current Lean performance. The Advanced version provides a unique LeanBenchmark™ report (Sample Report) enabling organisations to target scarce resources, improve productivity and reduce costs.
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