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Do you talk to Siri? – April 2017 Newsletter

I read somewhere recently that in the future there will be only two kinds of jobs: you will either give instructions to robots, or take instructions from robots.   It strikes me that if you exchange the word ‘robot’ for ‘artificial intelligence’ it becomes an even more challenging statement. Then again, aren’t we already both giving […]

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Tanzanian Lean Healthcare conference – February 2017

In February 2017, our CEO, Anton Grütter represented LIA at the CCBRT healthcare group in Tanzania. CCBRT (Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania) is the largest indigenous provider of disability services in Tanzania. The short video below will give you a better idea of the conference as well as our role in it – along with Dr. […]

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Lessons from Lean Collaboration – January 2017 Newsletter

The mission of the Lean Institute Africa is “Building the community of lean practitioners through action research and knowledge sharing, to help organisations serve their customers better”. In pursuit of that mission I recently had the pleasure of facilitating the collaboration of two organisations to improve their respective lean management capabilities. These two organisations are […]

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Lean Summit Africa 2016

Our eighth Lean Summit Africa took place between the 19th and the 21st of October 2016. Thank you to all of those who participated, especially our sponsors: The Western Cape Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism Automotive Industry Development Centre The Graduate School of Business Trilogiq Investec Organisation Development International Thinking People Training Leadership Consulting The […]

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The on-going evolution of Lean Management – November 2016 Newsletter

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was the manager of a group of worker cooperatives known as the Overberg Kooperatiewe. I was appointed as manager at Montagu Skrynwerke Kooperatief (MSK) by the workers in about 1988. We made machined wood furniture to sell together with the hand-crafted Suurbraak chairs and futons made by […]

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Exploring the softer side of lean – September 2016 Newsletter

Have you come to this page from our email newsletter? Click here to continue reading where the email ended. “Lean conversational skills”: have you ever heard the expression? What might it mean? What it means, for me, is a form of dialogue characterized by: • discovery of the facts in a problem situation, • consideration […]

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How LIA is Creating Value for its Customers – August 2016 Newsletter

Have you come to this page from our email newsletter? Click here to continue reading where the email ended. One often reads that Lean Management is about eliminating waste. While it is true that identifying and eliminating, or reducing, waste is usually a quick win when starting out with process improvement work, the first principle […]

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