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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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Lean Management, more than just waste elimination

This article is reproduced from the Confederation of Zimbabwean Industries‘ Business Intelligence Report, printed in March 2016. You can download the original pdf here. CZI hosted a three day Introduction to Lean Management workshop from 8 – 9 February, 2016 in Harare where a Lean Management specialist, Dr. Anton Grütter was invited to conduct the […]

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Outcomes of our Toyota Kata survey

Thank you to all those who filled out our Toyota Kata survey, we had 37 responses and a wide variety of responses among them. Here is a summary of the answers (scroll down in the window below to see them all): If you are browsing on a mobile device, you might like to go directly […]

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