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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.



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.


Cracking the wrong whip

Last month the minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, called on ward sisters in public sector hospitals to place orders for supplies three months in advance. This was in response to a question about the problems experienced by patients in getting their medication timeously (SAFM, Morning Live, 26 July 2013).

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Ten years of learning from our mistakes – February 2017 Newsletter

Our one big, ongoing mistake since we set up the Lean Institute Africa (LIA) ten years ago: we did not make enough mistakes. So, we started making LIA mistakes ten years ago. I’ll get back to that but first want to reflect a bit on what else happened in 2007. Here are...

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...

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...

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...

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