Real Lean Transformation

Lean Manufacturing

What Carpenters can teach Lean Practitioners

A carpenter, attempting to frame a house, needs to attach different pieces of wood to each other. This carpenter has a fabulous hammer, and has used this hammer in the past, with nails, to complete this type of work. The hammer is weighted perfectly and with nominal effort can drive nails into wood with only a few strikes. The purpose or principle of the hammer is to join wood together by forcing a narrow wedge into multiple pieces of wood, thereby affixing the pieces to each other.

When Great Lean Tools Fail

You may have all seen the spaghetti diagram that took months to complete, yet provided very little in the way of results. Or, you’ve seen the standard work that was methodically created by external assessors using measuring tapes, stop watches and pages and pages of process steps; the type of work which never really lives up to your expectations. What is wrong here? Why do so many implementations of Lean Tools fail to live up to the expectations placed upon them, or have any sustainable results?  

Can and should Lean be applied in Labs?

Lean originated in the automotive industry and it’s easy to see how the tools and concepts are a good fit for that type of manufacturing. It’s much less obvious however that Lean can and should be applied in Labs.  In recent times Lean Lab projects have become quite common but…

Is Lean really an appropriate strategy in the Lab environment or are labs just blindly following trends?

Synchronising Planning, Manufacturing & QC

Day to day operations of individual departments in life science companies rely on many decisions made outside of each department’s own remit. When embarking on a Lean strategy, the pillars of operational excellence (Levelling and Flow) can be supported by increasing awareness of how each department functions and explaining constraints.