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Lean is Green not Mean

Lean is Green not mean … But ‘Kaikaku’ is radical man! Kaizen v Kaikaku   Respect For The Planet   If anyone reads any of my rantz, a common theme in my thinking is ‘Respect for people and the planet’, the ‘Planet’ side of lean is both green and sustainable.Read More

Could Albert Einstein have got it wrong?

Could Albert Einstein have got it wrong?

Could Albert Einstein have got it wrong? … when he said: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”. Lean suggests we have ‘Respect for people’ and consider the process capability and capacity, Six Sigma suggests we also consider process variation, deviation and stability. In root-cause analysisRead More

I Got Five Years For Agile In Manufacturing

I got 5 years for Agile in Manufacturing

I was reading a LinkedIn post by C Keith Horner in which he ponders the application of the Agile framework in Agile Manufacturing. This post is inspired by pretty much the same inspiration and question that has haunted me for at least the last 5 years as I serve myRead More

Implementing Statistical Process Control

Lean Learning – Implementing Statistical Process Control

Welcome to the Lean Learning Series on Implementing Statistical Process Control The Lean Learning Series is a series of sampled notes from my course content on a learning journey to a University of Limerick Masters in Quality Management (Lean Innovation)   Applying ‘process thinking’; it’s possible to differentiate between random causesRead More

"Pencil & Paper" under value at your risk ...

Pencil and paper – under value at your risk …

I was reading an article by my daughter Eiren McLoughlin1 about “Depths of Design” and it starting me thinking about the importance of keeping things simple with the least path of resistance to the creative flow in design.  I posted a short version of this article as a responsive commentRead More

Defining a 'High-Potential SME'

Defining a ‘High-Potential SME’

I am not one for reading notices or advertisements but the following LinkedIn Article grabbed my attention because I perceive myself as Lean/Frugal Collaborative Innovation evangelist.   The article promotes a workshop for SMEs interested in learning more about Horizon 2020 and its value in supporting collaborative innovation between EuropeanRead More

Leaning Into Services

Leaning Into Services

On the topic of ‘Why Lean & How?’, a fellow lean learner asked an excellent and important question that got me thinking … “Lean has been traditionally introduced in a manufacturing situation. Do the group feel there is an important role for implementation of lean in the Service Industry?”6  Read More

"Continuous Manufacturing" ... the future of manufacturing?

“Continuous Manufacturing” … the future of manufacturing?

3D Scanning & Printing may change the future of IP protection and Manufacturing, but is the future of manufacturing already here? – “Continuous Manufacturing” … An example of single piece continuous flow with 100% inspection for right first time production? I am currently reading an excellent book entitled ‘Frugal InnovationRead More

Lean Innovating A New Manufacturing Service

Lean Innovating A New Manufacturing Service

After 20 plus years skirting around the edges of manufacturing, I had often had the pleasure of working alongside my team-mates but merely as a 3rd party technical lead, trouble shooter, business analyst and software developer. Until this project, I had never truly experienced the pleasure of being full timeRead More

How Can VoC Work For Micro Firms?

How Can VoC Work For Micro Firms?

Reading a post by Kieron Ellis on the ‘Success with 6R’s’ starting me thinking about the best methods to allow ‘Micro Enterprises’ to hear the ‘Voice of the Customer’ (VoC) Kieron spoke about in his post.   Now begins a possible uphill search for the best simple and practical ideas micro-firmsRead More