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See links to various online resources to learn more about Lean Thinking and Practice both locally and globally.
We are constantly learning so please let us know if you find any other sites you think should be added.



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. Here is a recent list of Lean-related Research Reports.



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.

Newsletters, Articles and Webinars

Analysing organisational rhythm: shock advised…charging

Written by Charmaine Cunningham Place two fingers on the inside of your wrist, just the below the thumb, and feel your heartbeat. Every 0.8 seconds your cardiovascular system completes a cycle of complex interactions enabling it to pump 60 – 100 times a minute. The...

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LIA Collaborator Blog: Sorting to the point of discomfort

Written by Charmaine Cunningham Have you ever joined a queue not knowing whether you are in the right queue because there is no signage….whilst simultaneously fighting the urge to jump in and sort and simplify the workspace?  You see many papers, duplications,...

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Two Years in Tanzania and a Whole New Understanding of Purpose

By Mike Grogan, originally published on The Lean Post on the Lean Enterprise Institute website: After months of anxiety, my work life had finally come to a climax. I'd arrived at the point of...

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Denise Bennett reflects on Lean Summit Africa 2014

ISHARE - Lean Summit South Africa 2014 Written by Denise Bennett, Lean Programme Manager at City of Melbourne, Keynote speaker at Lean Summit Africa 2014. First published in the Lean Global Network October 2014 newsletter. Unfortunately I missed the annual LGN meeting...

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Seeing normal from abnormal – October 2014 Newsletter

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...

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Rose Heathcote: Setting Managers up to Succeed in Healthcare

Newly appointed CEO of the Lean Institute Africa (LIA), Rose Heathcote talks about the significance of applying ‘Lean Thinking’ to improve outcomes aligned with the purpose and strategy of healthcare organisations. Read the full article here.

Natural Born Problem-Solvers or Are We?

Could it be that we are Natural Born Problem-Solvers? Asks Tshepo Thobejane in the June Newsletter. 'We could debate that not all of us have the same ability to problem-solve or we may disagree on the problems that deserve our attention. Empowering employees to become...

Piece of Mind

Would you do me a favour? Would you pause for a moment and consider this question?: What preoccupies you; what thoughts, concerns, hopes and fears drift about and ‘occupy’ your mind? Read more of our April 2018 newsletter  

Day Zero and the Waste of Water

Cape Town, the city where the Lean Institute Africa is based, faces the very real probability that it will run out of water due to an unprecedented drought. “Day Zero”, the day when the taps will be turned off - because there will not be enough water supply in the...

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