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Data analytics may sound like a complicated term, but for business owners, it’s essential to learn the ins and outs of this tech in order to create a realistic growth strategy and stay on top of customer needs. The right analytics tools can tell you everything from where in the world your audience is located to how well your marketing campaign is working, so think about what your current needs are and go from there. The Lean Competency System lists a few places you might start:
Those of us familiar with lean are inherently inclined to look for methods of continuous improvement, but how often do we follow a structured approach of improvement when it comes to enhancing our own personal skills and proficiency?
An article about how the 5S lean tool could be used to reduce waste and maximise efficiency. The author illustrates how the 5S implementation can be beneficial to any organisation improving quality and financial gains, reducing costs and standardising work processes. Developed in Japan, 5S combines workplace organisation through the use of efficiency, effectiveness and safety.
This article discusses the case of the application of lean thinking in Clinical Pathology – specifically in histocompatibility and Immunogenetics in the UK’s NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) organisation. It’s not only an excellent example of the application of lean in a broad healthcare environment, but it also demonstrates how lean can be used in highly technical and ‘non-traditional’ contexts, where core principles are used to guide improvements using a variety of tools, to deliver greater value. It demonstrates the importance of adapting the implementation approach to the fit the needs of the service under consideration and the need to ensure a human dimension is built in to the programme.
Lean management plays an essential role in the success of lean businesses. Without a willingness to adopt a lean leadership approach, companies will struggle to fully realise the potential of the implementation of lean, so managing lean businesses requires a fresh approach, with managers needing to be more than simply a ‘boss’. This article presents our five essential lean management qualities needed to make the lean journey successful.
Due to the growing pressures on businesses to take a much greener approach, many companies are finding additional resources to help them become more environmentally friendly. Implementing a lean strategy, however, can actually help businesses to become eco-friendly organically without the need for significant investment. Central to the lean approach is to...