The best Apps we use every day to be more Lean.

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Running a small business involves wearing a lot of different hats. Whether that’s problem solver or communicator, organiser or financial whizz, sometimes we need a little extra help. However, in this age of technology, there are so many solutions in the form of Apps that the selection process can often be intimidating. As we dart …

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Cyber Kaizen

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Finlay Miller, a lean consultant at the University of St Andrews, presents a light-hearted and personal look at the world of lean in cyberspace. The pitfalls and problems involved with bringing lean into the World Wide Web and how lean ideas can tackle the proliferation of non-value adding ephemera.Working with the web and its people …

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The 3 Best Lean Games Every Company Should Learn to Play.

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Confucius may have been the first experiential teacher… “Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” – Confucius, circa 450 BC.   Here at St Andrews Lean Consulting we agree with Confucius. Getting involved is the best way to learn new techniques and the most …

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Projects Alone Doth Lean not Make

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Often when we talk to people implementing Lean in higher education we come across the opinion that running Lean on a project-based approach isn’t enough. This is a hard thing to hear for us, as we started our organisational Lean journey with a series of specific-process projects. Hard as it may seem, though, there is …

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Top 5 Facilitation Questions

What are the top 5 Questions to ask when Facilitating an Improvement Project?

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Every project and Rapid Improvement Event (RIE) is different, and they’re all challenging in their own ways. A few years ago, the University of St Andrews Lean Team were sitting down over lunch, thinking about how to make scoping sessions, in particular, easier. Or, at least, more focused. Cue an ideas crowdsourcing session. The team …

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