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.
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
This article is reproduced from the Confederation of Zimbabwean Industries' Business Intelligence Report, printed in March 2016. You can download the original pdf here. CZI hosted a three day Introduction to Lean Management workshop from 8 – 9 February, 2016 in Harare...read more
Thank you to all those who filled out our Toyota Kata survey, we had 37 responses and a wide variety of responses among them. Here is a summary of the answers (scroll down in the window below to see them all): If you are browsing on a mobile device, you might like to...read more
Charles Kettering was quoted as saying that: “A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” This quote always reminds me of another witty saying that states: “Beware of the man who knows the answer before he understands the question.” On my lean journey I have...read more
As 2015 came to a close, it gave us the opportunity to reflect on an exciting year, working mostly in the health care and justice systems. The work that LIA is doing in the public sector has its challenges, but it was also very gratifying to work with people so...read more
So here is the problem: suppose you have a client who has asked you to help them improve throughput of orders in their procurement process. It is a large organisation with many branches spread across the region. They deliver a range of services to their customers,...read more
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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...
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
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...
Rose Heathcote has been appointed CEO of the Lean Institute Africa (LIA) as of 1st March 2018. Read the full article, published on Engineering News here.
Lean Management offers a truly exceptional approach to leading the organisation to places it’s never been before. With Purpose clarified, you: focus to the needs of the customer with earnest, bring them more value with less effort, grow seasoned problem-solvers who...