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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.


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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Lean Management, more than just waste elimination

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...

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Outcomes of our Toyota Kata survey

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...

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Our new mission statement – January 2016 Newsletter

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...

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Natural Born Problem-Solvers or Are We?

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...

Piece of Mind

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  

Day Zero and the Waste of Water

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...

Does Lean Make Cents?

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...

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