What is Lean? Productivity People explain Lean Practices, examples are given, their benefits discussed, and tips are given on implementation.

March 21, 2024

Process Mapping – If you can’t describe what you’re doing, you don’t know what you’re doing

Allowing a team of people to discuss their process – how they are doing the work – is one of the best investments an organisation can make. People often do not have the same understanding of how tasks are done, […]
November 29, 2023

The three Components of Leader Standard Work Explained

Leader Standard Work is implementing a structured approach that ensures the basic daily, weekly, and monthly tasks are completed regularly and to the right standard. In most instances, Leader Standard Work use checklists that leaders work through to confirm that […]
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

How to Define a Problem using the 5W1H tool

A problem is "anything that happened and that was not expected to happen", that is, anything that deviated from the standard. The first step in Structured Problem Solving is to Define the problem. When a problem is defined it is important to be as specific as possible, as it will lead you to the cause and solution quicker. It might be tempting to state "The packing line is stuffed" but a better formulation would be "There are multiple minor stoppages on the line 3 filler, resulting in line efficiency dropping from a usual [...]
May 10, 2023

5 easy steps of Manufacturing Basic Care to improve operations

Manufacturing Basic Care sounds easy, and when done well, it will improve operations and make your work a lot easier as machines will operate as they are supposed to do, and your manufacturing line will keep running. Unfortunately, the reality of frequent line stoppages indicates that basic care in manufacturing might be more difficult than it sounds. [...]