Category Archives: Chap 15 Lean and agile

Lean six sigma applied to service operations

In our book (page 18) we argue that manufacturing and service operations are not so different, except for the the concept of “simultaneity/inseparability” i.e. direct delivery of the offer to the consumer.  Even so there is a danger that some … Continue reading

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Agile organisations – soon to become the norm?

Agility and being agile seem to be today’s buzz words.  In our book we discuss agility with regards production processes.   Recently in this blog, we have discussed the concept of agile project management.  Now this McKinsey & Company article … Continue reading

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Toyota Production System manufacturing fork lifts

This is an interesting promo video for two reasons.  First, most videos about the Toyota Production System (TPS) are filmed in car manufacturing plants – but this video shows fork lift trucks being manufactured.  Second, it focuses primarily on how … Continue reading

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‘The Human Connection’ – people and design

The Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors has a series of free to download case studies on “how ergonomics and human factors can improve lives, business and society” (here).  To give you a flavour of what these range over, … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: IMI Precision Engineering

This article on the manufacturer.com website provides insight into IMI Precision Engineering and how it has developed and implemented its lean manufacturing strategy.  One of the interesting things about this company is that it manufactures both high volume/low value components, … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Model 3 assembly line strategy – risky or how every carmaker will go?

Fascinating article explaining how car makers go about setting up an assembly line for a new model.  Industry-wide practice is to “beta test” the line by using cheap, adaptable prototype tools that are scrapped once their output conforms to the … Continue reading

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Factory of the Future according to Goldman Sachs

Interesting insight into how manufacturing may change in the next few years.

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Total preventative maintenance

We briefly discuss TPM in our book.  For a more detailed overview of the concept and how it is implemented the Plant Maintenance Resource Center provides a thorough introduction here. This includes a discussion of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) too. It … Continue reading

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Healthcare provision may be more efficient than we think

Measuring productivity is always more challenging than it might appear.   The concept is simple to state – it’s the relationship between inputs and outputs.  But identifying all the inputs and outputs is not always easy, nor is actually measuring … Continue reading

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Six sigma, lean, lean sigma, and lean six sigma

It occurs to me that sometimes it helps if you clarify just what the hell you are talking about… In our book, we discuss six sigma in the chapter on quality; and explain lean principles and practices in the chapter … Continue reading

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