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Most research conducted by the Lean Institute Africa is done in association with MBA students of the UCT Graduate School of Business. To access free copies of MBA research reports, please contact GSB.
The Lean Institute Africa is the local, authorised distributor of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) in the USA and as such, distributes books, DVDs and training materials on their behalf.
Stopping the Line: A Visit to Abidjan, Ivory Coast I recently visited Abidjan in the Ivory Coast to speak at the first Lean Global Network-sanctioned event in that part of the African continent, and to run some Introduction to Lean workshops. I had a number of...
Seeing normal from abnormal ‘Lean is a management system for seeing normal from abnormal right now and responding right now.’ This is part of my core conception of lean. So you will understand my particular pleasure (and surprise) on receiving my name tag at the...
Vaccines, mosquito nets and lean – is there a common thread? The vaccine against measles does not discriminate. It works reliably irrespective of your race, religion, geographic location and economic status. Wikipedia tells me that prior to the development of the...
The event: Lean Institute Africa held their 7th Summit, themed ‘Relentless Leadership’, from the 17th – 19th September 2014 at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Our target number of delegates was to have 200 people attending and, at the eleventh hour – in...
CASE STUDY - How does lean contribute to making Melbourne one of the world’s most liveable cities year after year? Words: Denise Bennett, Lean Program Manager, City of Melbourne With its cosmopolitan lifestyle, plentiful parks and gardens, well-designed streets and...
RESEARCH – Offering us a glimpse into how the human mind works and into Toyota’s approach to people engagement, this article tells us how to create a better working environment for our employees.
The CEO of the Lean Institute Africa, Dr Anton Grütter, undertakes an annual journey to China to teach on the Shanghai University MBA programme as a visiting professor. This year he was also invited to speak at the Lean Enterprise China Summit 2014 in Shanghai in June this year. He has returned with some fascinating insights into the Chinese drive to develop their people and their economy.
He says “while I have only experienced a small slice of Chinese working life, it has made me aware of the enormous strides that the country has made in recent years. I think there may well be some important lessons for South Africa.”
You’ve heard about Lean, but what does it mean? The Lean Summit Africa 2014 ‘Skinny on Lean’ infographic reveals the 7 types of waste in business and how trimming down could help to propel your business forward and deliver real value to customers.
You are invited to attend this year’s Lean Summit where experts from around the world will be sharing their Lean leadership insights. Find out more: https://www.lean.org.za/lean-summit-2014/
A University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business professor (UCT GSB) will become an advisor for the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) within The Presidency to set in motion a programme to improve government departments operations management, with the ultimate aim to boost service delivery in South Africa.
The Lean Institute Africa (LIA) will host its biennial Lean Summit Africa this September focusing on ways to improve service delivery, cost-effectiveness and staff morale in the public and private sectors and highlighting techniques to eliminate waste in products and services in African organisations.
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What games do you play? (I don’t mean chess or tiddlywinks, but games in support of your organisation’s lean journey.) I would love to hear from you about the games you have tried, those that you outgrew, those that you still use, etc. Also, what do you expect the...
The Lean Institute Africa (LIA) is experiencing increasing demand for its services to lean practitioners in Southern Africa and needs a person in the Cape Town office to support its business development. LIA is a not-for-profit company based at the Graduate School of...
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...
Some time ago I worked with a few medium-sized manufacturers on their strategic A3s about implementing a Lean Management System (LMS). Having heard about value, waste and flow most of them thought “doing lean” was a no-brainer. After all, that’s why they were there:...
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...