The MoSCoW Method

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Hi all! Having very little to do with the great city of Moscow, MoSCoW is an acronym derived from the four prioritisation categories of, MUST have, SHOULD have, COULD have and WON’T have, with the addition of interstitial ‘o’s to make it pronounceable, and indeed possibly more memorable. Devised by businessman and coach Dai Clegg, …

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How Can I Organise My Workplace so I’m More Efficient? The 5S Approach

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By: Kelsey McIntyre Clutter and disarray can greatly slow your workplace processes and make your business less productive. To remedy this common problem, simply follow the 5S approach to organise your workplace and make it more efficient. The first step is Seiri (Sort): Distinguishing between necessary and unnecessary things, and getting rid of what you …

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Nemawashi

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By: Cristina Marini Today we’re going to look at a super simple (but extremely useful) concept. Originally from Japan’s Toyota Production System, Nemawashi has the literal translation of ‘going around the roots.’ What does this mean? Basically, it refers to laying the groundwork or a  foundation and building a consensus.  In Japan, Nemawashi is used …

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The Kingman’s Equation

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By: Cristina Marini We’re going to discuss something a bit different this week – the Kingman’s Equation. Don’t worry, it isn’t as bad as it sounds — maths isn’t completely required for this one! The Kingman’s Equation is centred around monitoring and understanding queues. When used correctly, it should help us to prevent their lengths …

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Top 5 Lean Books You Should Own

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By Kelsey McIntyre Lean Culture in Higher Education: Towards Continuous Improvement by Justyna Maciag This book deepens the understanding of cultural conditions for implementing organizational and process changes in higher education institutions. It defines the notion of Lean Culture, proposes a model to assess its maturity, determines conditions for its implementation, and presents the tools of …

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