Tag Archives: performance improvement

It’s not about free snacks… engagement and culture compared

Came across this interesting strategy+business article that identifies the difference between organisational culture and employee engagement.  I could not quite understand why it mentioned “free snacks”  Then came across this USA Today article headlined “The key to happiness at work is free … Continue reading

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Operations Insights from Purple Cubed

Purple Cubed are an “employee engagement” and “talent management” consulting firm, with clients operating “people centric” businesses, especially in the hospitality industry.  Their consulting services are underpinned by their ‘Talent Toolbox’ which digitises “critical people processes like talent reviews, goal … 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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Artificial intelligence – how it might impact on business success

A new discussion paper from mckinsey.com – “How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies”.  It includes a survey of 3,000 ‘AI aware companies’ across the world.  This suggests that early adopters of this technology have higher margins than … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Icon Aerospace Technology’s continuous improvement programme

Good example on themanufacturer.com website of how continuous improvement is being applied in the aerospace industry.  Icon Aerospace, with the help of consultants SiG, developed its 4i continuous improvement programme based around ‘improvement, insight, intelligence, and inspiration’.  The impact has … Continue reading

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Beyond the hype of i4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution

KPMG have produced a 24 page report that seeks to separate the rhetoric from the reality of the so-called fourth industrial revolution.   It “offers a realistic perspective on the current state of i4.0 adoption and readiness across the market…. based … Continue reading

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‘Cognitive manufacturing’ – how the internet of things and analytics apply to factories

IBM Watson’s video is a great introduction to IoT and analytics in the manufacturing context…  

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Supply chain analytics

The so-called fourth industrial revolution is based on the transformative effect that digitisation is having on how businesses operate.  Smart technologies and digital communication means that a large amount of data can be generated about the performance of nearly every … 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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Birmingham Children’s Hospital outstanding

Listening to Today on Radio 4 this morning, Sarah-Jane Marsh, the CEO of Birmingham Childrens Hospital was inspirational.  Eight years ago this hospital was identified as having major shorting comings in three key areas of provision.  Today it is the … Continue reading

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