Why the mining industry desperately needs lean thinking

Why the mining industry desperately needs lean thinking Author: Laura Mottola Source: http://planet-lean.com/why-the-mining-industry-desperately-needs-lean-thinking Words: Laura Mottola, CEO and Founder, Lean Mining Institute – Toronto, Canada A career in mining was never my goal. I always planned to become a mechanical engineer, but my career trajectory changed forever when I got a summer job in a mining

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How this SME made lean its strategy for sustainable growth

How this SME made lean its strategy for sustainable growth Author: Catherine Chabiron Source: http://planet-lean.com/how-this-sme-made-lean-its-strategy-for-sustainable-growth Words: Catherine Chabiron, lean coach and member of Institut Lean France As I pay a visit to Grégory Verdon, CEO of Soditel, I decide to try and test, with his help, the concept of the “4 Fs”. Described in the recently published book The

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Nick Katko explains the benefits of lean accounting

Nick Katko explains the benefits of lean accounting Author: Nick Katko Source: http://planet-lean.com/nick-katko-explains-the-benefits-of-lean-accounting Words: Nick Katko, lean accounting expert and Senior Consultant, BMA Inc. Lean is a multi-faceted business strategy, with a primary focus on employees and learning. Through the use of various lean tools, practices and methods, employees learn to master their work, solve the right problems

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These developers learned what lean can do that agile cannot

These developers learned what lean can do that agile cannot Author: Jean-Rémi Beaudoin Source: http://planet-lean.com/these-developers-learned-what-lean-can-do-that-agile-cannot Words: Jean-Rémi Beaudoin, Deputy CTO, Theodo UK Over the past four years, I have been involved in a software development project for an asset manager. The purpose of this project was to help them move to agile development so that they could ship

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How to ensure quality issues are detected and tackled fast

How to ensure quality issues are detected and tackled fast Author: Michael Ballé Source: http://planet-lean.com/how-to-ensure-quality-issues-are-detected-and-tackled-fast Words: Michael Ballé, lean author, executive coach and co-founder of Institut Lean France WHAT ARE THEY? Quality judgment criteria allow for a clear quality decision over a completed job element. Boundary conditions are found on work samples where one can visually see

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How the Dutch Special Forces apply lean without realizing it

How the Dutch Special Forces apply lean without realizing it Author: Eric Pasman Source: http://planet-lean.com/how-the-dutch-special-forces-apply-lean-without-realizing-it Words: Eric Pasman, lean coach and former officer in the Dutch Special Forces During the daily all-staff briefing the company commander of 104 Special Operations Land Task Group entered the briefing room and said: “A UN convoy of the Niger battalion is under

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Only kaizen can scale a digital product past its MVP phase

Author: Fabrice Bernhard Source: http://planet-lean.com/only-kaizen-can-scale-a-digital-product-past-its-mvp-phase Words: Fabrice Bernhard, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Theodo Admiral is a car insurance specialist based in Cardiff, Wales. Anticipating future disruptions, in 2016 the company started to invest in new digital products to hopefully reach new markets while growing their digital capability. One of their new products is Veygo, a

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Changing our dealership to changes lives in the township

Author: James Wood Source: http://planet-lean.com/changing-our-dealership-to-changes-lives-in-the-township Words: James Wood, Dealer Principal, Halfway Ottery – Cape Town, South Africa In 2011, I was going to retire from the corporation I had been with since 1988. For the last 14 years, I had been a Dealer Principal with this group at a Toyota dealership in Cape Town. In what

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Orry Fiume on the two realities of lean that scare most CEOs

Author: Orry Fiume Source: http://planet-lean.com/orry-fiume-on-the-two-realities-of-lean-that-scare-most-ceos Words: Orry Fiume, former VP of Finance and Administration and Director at The Wiremold Company and co-author of The Lean Strategy.   Even before The Wiremold Company was featured in Lean Thinking by Jim Womack and Dan Jones, word was getting out about how we were rapidly transforming our business.

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How we secured a future for employees at Toyota Australia

Author: Doug Rickarby Source: http://planet-lean.com/how-we-secured-a-future-for-employees-at-toyota-australia Words: Doug Rickarby, former Divisional Manager of Manufacturing at Toyota Australia On February 10th, 2014, the President of Toyota Motor Corporation, Akio Toyoda, flew to Melbourne to make an important announcement. His visit to the Altona plant, however, was different from others visits, in that only a handful of people

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