The Problem-solving Power of Fishbone Diagrams

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Hello readers, Today we are discussing Ishikawa diagrams, or in the spirit of the end of the Scottish salmon season later this month, Fishbone diagrams. Although I emphasise that no fish were harmed in the making of this blog. Sometimes, when trying to work out the cause of a problem, we can’t see the wood …

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The best Lean Apps of 2019!

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Hello everyone!  Way back in 2017 we posted a blog about some apps that the SALC team use every day to be more Lean (you can check out the original blog here). We all know that things move quickly in the world of technology, so    it’s about time we dust off the cobwebs and …

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Convert aspiration into action with Target Condition

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Good afternoon readers, Today’s topic is Target Condition. Target Condition is another concept that has its roots in the Toyota manufacturing philosophy and management system that has in many ways, as demonstrated again here, continued to serve as the bedrock of Lean principles and practices. Before we go further, it is important to avoid the …

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Hand drawing a Plan Do Check Act cycle

What can Mr Potato Head teach us about Continuous Improvement?

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Hello all! Did you know that Mr Potato Head, the beloved children’s toy, can help you become Lean? Well, believe it or not, there is an exercise involving the toy that does just that! The Mr Potato Head Exercise is a simple and engaging way to convey how you can easily monitor the impact of …

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The Lean Model Cell

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Happy August readers. This week we are discussing the merits of the Lean Model Cell, or Model Line. The Lean Model Cell is an alternative or supplementary method of introducing Lean thinking to an organisation. It is an approach which has been said, by internationally recognised consultant Mark Graban among others, to be effective for …

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