November 20, 2023

Productivity People is a preferred provider for Callaghan Innovation’s Lean program

Are you ready to improve customer outcomes, improve your business efficiency, and boost staff morale at the same time? Callaghan Innovation’s subsidised Lean Coaching program is one way to achieve better productivity through engaged staff. Productivity People is one of […]
October 26, 2023

The Productivity Programme – Business Maturity Assessment Tool & Online Portal

The Productivity Programme is a business improvement tool. The purpose of the programme is to enhance productivity, efficiency, and profitability at your workplace. It is the New Zealand adaption of international best practices found in the Toyota Production System, Lean, […]
October 26, 2023

Get to know our consultants – Liddy Bakker

Liddy Bakker Liddy’s role at Productivity People is Knowledge Management. Her role is to extract knowledge from our expert consultants and make it understandable for our customers. That’s why, when we decided to document our method and create the Productivity […]
September 19, 2023

Kotahi te aho ka whati, ki te kāpuia e kore e whati

“Stronger together” Productivity People is Aotearoa’s largest New Zealand-owned firm improving Hiranga Whakamahi (Operational Excellence) at clients. Our consultants from left to right: David Hall, Arron Stewart, Geerten Lengkeek, Angela Spackman, Liddy Bakker, Nick Brownsword, and Dave Fellowes. As one […]
September 19, 2023

DMAIC – The 5 steps of Structured Problem Solving explained

Structured Problem Solving is a systematic approach to document, analyse, and solve those problems that have the highest impact on the organisation. This approach to investigating past events with the aim to prevent their re-occurrence is one of the most […]
August 7, 2023

The Aeroplane Game© simulation workshop comes to The Hawkes Bay

Do you want to improve your work processes, boost your productivity, and become a great team? The Hawkes Bay Chamber of Commerce invites all owners and managers of local businesses & service providers to experience productivity gains in a fun […]
August 4, 2023

Tauranga Workshop – The Aeroplane Game© Simulation

The Aeroplane Game© simulation begins with a little bit of chaos, typical of many businesses.  As the simulation progresses, the teams face various challenges which improve processes and flow, by using Lean principles and techniques. The facilitator guides teams through the identification of issues and waste, then helps them to develop and implement improvement ideas. [...]
July 13, 2023

We’re only 68% Productive as the Rest of the OECD – Myths and Hard Truths about New Zealand’s Low Productivity

Whenever new numbers are released about New Zealand’s productivity, we go through the motions of collective self-flagellation. “We’re behind the rest and we’re slipping further”. If we continue this, we’ll be just a puddle of misery. It was no different when the New Zealand Productivity Commission / Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa released the latest numbers last week. In the press release, Commission Chair Dr Ganesh Nana notes, “the numbers show that the productivity [...]
May 5, 2023

Lean won’t work for us because….

One of the problems we have as a Lean provider is to explain to potential customers how they will benefit from a Lean program. This normally involves explaining WHAT Lean is and WHY it would be beneficial. We like to share stories of success where a Lean program enabled a client to double production within a few months, identified huge costs reductions, or realised massive quality improvements [...]