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Using Lean to Deliver Successful Change

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You might be wondering what the cover image, of the University of St Andrews’ timeline, has to do with change, but it’s quite simple really: We use it as a way to say “we haven’t always done it that way”. During training or an RIE when someone says, usually frustratedly or offhandedly, “oh, but we’ve always done …

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Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education 2017

Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education 2017

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I spent last week in sunny and majestic San Francisco, attending the fourth annual Summit on Improvement in Education, hosted by the Carnegie Foundation at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. This was my first time both attending this conference and being part of a program that was primarily focused on the US education system. As a …

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ISO 18404: Should you adopt standardised Lean (and Six Sigma) certification?

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ISO 18404, or to give it its full title “Quantitative methods in process improvement – Six Sigma – Competencies for key personnel and their organizations in relation to Six Sigma and Lean implementation”, is the new (12/2015) ISO standard for Lean and Six Sigma. Its stated purpose is to ‘clarify the required competencies for personnel and organizations …

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Lean Practitioner Training Berea College December 2016

International Roadtrip Training – Berea College, USA

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Last week, on 6 and 7 December, I was at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, USA. I was there to deliver a two-day Lean training programme. There were 12 participants in all; six from Berea College, and six from institutions in Alabama, Missouri and from elsewhere in Kentucky. Our venue was the historic Boone Tavern, and …

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Lean HE Conference 2016

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This year’s Lean HE conference – themed “People, Culture and Lean in Higher Education” – was set in the beautiful grounds of the University of Stirling. 173 delegates attended the two-and-a-half-day conference, which featured delights such as “Scotland the Lean: From bagpipes to Bannockburn”, “If Disney Ran Your University…”, and a five-course gala dinner in …

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