'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.
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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.
South East Best Practice awards
Chaired by Mark Knowlton of KPS and sponsored by MAS, In May the 2010 Manufacturing Best Practice awards were hosted at the Williams F1 facility in Oxford, Mark explained how South East manufacturers gained £23 million of added value through collaboration and sharing best practice. The Best Practice Network was established to help companies share knowledge, expertise and experience in the pursuit of continuous improvement.
A research report entitled ‘The Innovation Imperative in Manufacturing’ published by the Boston Consulting Group describes the most effective tools for promoting and sustaining Innovation.
“There are three kinds of leaders…Those that tell you what to do…Those that allow you to do what you want…and Lean leaders that come down to the work place and help you figure it out.” (John Shook). For me this quote highlights really well the critical importance of ‘Lean Leadership’.This is all well and good, but how can leaders develop or strengthen their Lean knowledge?
Mark Knowlton at KPS has been working with The Manufacturing Advisory Service in the South East (MAS-SE) to develop a regional network of Best Practice Clubs. This short video provides a good insight to the clubs with members talking about the benefits of getting involved.
The Best Practice Clubs encourage participants to help each other with their improvement activities, injecting friendly peer group pressure as well as peer to peer learning and support.
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