See links to various online resources to learn more about Lean Thinking and Practice both locally and globally.
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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.
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:...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
In the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was the manager of a group of worker cooperatives known as the Overberg Kooperatiewe. I was appointed as manager at Montagu Skrynwerke Kooperatief (MSK) by the workers in about 1988. We made machined wood furniture to sell together...read more
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...read more
Have you come to this page from our email newsletter? Click here to continue reading where the email ended. One often reads that Lean Management is about eliminating waste. While it is true that identifying and eliminating, or reducing, waste is usually a quick win...read more
How to develop lean thinkers? How to develop lean practitioners? How to develop the next generation so that it reflects the full diversity of our world? How to build humble confidence in that generation’s practice of lean? And is this the job of the HR Department, or...read more
In South Africa we live and work in challenging times, but spare a thought for organisations in our neighbouring country, Zimbabwe. Last year I spoke at the annual conference of the Confederation of Zimbabwean Industries. Earlier this year they invited me back to...read more
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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...
How reading lean books empowered people and transformed the managerial culture at an industrial bakery in the Western Cape Winelands in South Africa. Read the full story on Planet Lean.
In the first of a series of interviews with Lean Global Network directors, Rose Heathcote – the new CEO of Lean Institute Africa – shares her thoughts on the future of Africa and on women in business.Read the full interview with Rose Heathcote...
A ground-breaking project in which lean management is being applied in South African state hospitals is delivering impressive results in various departments – including reducing patient waiting times by up to 86%, an 80% reduction in neo-natal...
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.