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Links

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.

  

Research

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.

 

Books

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.

Articles

The 8 Types of Waste in Healthcare

One of the core principles of lean thinking is the reduction of waste, which can be defined as anything that doesn’t add value to the customer. Industrial Engineer and Facilitator at the Lean Institute Africa (LIA), Tshepo Thobejane, talks...

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Applying Lean at Groote Schuur Hospital

In the lead up to the Lean Summit Africa 2018 taking place at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town from 30 October to 1 November 2018, invited speaker and CEO of Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), Dr Bhavna Patel, talks about her hospital’s experience in...

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Companies on a drive to become more efficient

Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital, a catalytic converter manufacturer and a well-known car sales dealer have one essential thing in common. They have all managed to radically improve efficiency across their operations over the past few years....

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Lessons on transforming manufacturing in India

Transformational changes in manufacturingin India have been unpacked at the Lean Summit Africa 2018, in Cape Town, holding important lessons for ramping up efficiency and boosting competitiveness in South Africa....

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The Double-Loop PDCA

How “Double-Loop PDCA” was discovered due to a problem with implementing a lean  daily management system in a South African hospital. https://planet-lean.com/double-loop-pdca/

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Future Work and the Evolution of Lean

On the Cusp of the next Industrial Revolution Last year a student approached me to take part in her research entitled ‘The adaption of lean implementation techniques for an industry 4.0 revolution’. I admit my immediate reaction was: ‘This...

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A crazy little thing called change

COLUMN – In her first column, the author reflects on the role of leadership in striking a balance between the enthusiasm for change and the need to involve everyone in a transformation. Words: Rose Heathcote, CEO, Lean Institute Africa I had a terrific time this past...

Industry 4.0 or Lean 4.0?

Atlantis Foundries was able to achieve zero defects for three months in a row thanks to machine learning. Here's why the human component can't be discounted. Cape Town is sometimes called the “Silicon Valley of South Africa”. Yet, it was a pleasant surprise to learn...

Is Lean an outcome…or what you do?

For a while I have been thinking about the possible impact of using the name Lean to describe the activities or programme to transform an organisation into the new way of working and thinking. It felt serendipitous then, that shortly after pondering this I came across...

Magical Thinking

Try telling a friend you have come across some ‘magical thinking’? What reaction might you get? Will they ask, ‘You mean like in mushrooms?’ or ‘As in Elon Musk or Richard Branson?’ I first heard the term in a very different context, used by someone who was once...

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