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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

Lessons from my Lean Lifestyle Challenge

In the newsletter I wrote for Lean Institute Africa in 2015 I reflected on the growth in my understanding of lean as a result of attending the Lean Global Network meeting that year. I interviewed some of the delegates at this meeting and asked what they understood...

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Constancy of Purpose in Turbulent Times

Executing your 2018 Plan with Confidence, Consistency and Cadence We are so close to the end of the year and many of us are already dreaming up all the ways in which we will spend our much-awaited holiday time. Whether for work or personal reasons, this is a great...

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What did you learn in Japan?

What did you learn in Japan?’ you may ask me, following my week there with the Lean Global Network (LGN) tenth anniversary ‘return-to-the-source (Toyota)’ trip in September. “How much time have you got? I might reply. There was a lot! Here are just some snippets. TNGA...

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The “Hard-Core Toyota Guys”

The lean transformation journey is the road less travelled. This is partly because it is not the easiest journey to undertake, but also because so many organisations lose their way, some even at the outset of their journey. There are however some organisations that...

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Demanding patience

What is your boss like? Is he or she demanding or easy-going? Does s/he listen well or is mostly ‘deaf’ to you? Is s/he wise or immature, open-minded or prejudiced, creative or unimaginative? These pairs of characteristics are just five of the sixteen pairs I used in...

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The games we play – June 2017 Newsletter

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...

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Job advertisement – Operations Manager

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...

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Do you talk to Siri? – April 2017 Newsletter

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...

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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....

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....

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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