• The Cost of a Lean Failure

    I sometimes call this short term gain, long term pain. In common with other posts to protect the guilty I will use an anonymised case study to make the point. My example is an FMCG company that sells to the end consumer through distributors.  The business has grown steadily over the past few years and the […]
  • How Good is your Costing System?

    Paul Brown of the ICE Partnership proposes a tool to help improve your costing system and its visibility in your manufacturing business. The market determines price but your costs are all about you. Your costs are built up from material, labour and various overhead allocations. The market will determine your margin! The process described here […]
  • The Law of Unintended Benefits

    When I work with businesses to help them with shop floor or office productivity, there is often a barrier to overcome. It is the initial scepticism of workers when they are challenged to improve their productivity. There is a natural tendency to resist because it seems to be such a huge ask. Most workers these […]
  • Evidence trumps opinion every time – there is no substitute for an experiment

    I have spent a lot of time looking at processes in the last few years and (blowing my own trumpet a bit) I have become pretty good at spotting where the throughput and productivity issues will be, and suggesting countermeasures to improve the situation. As a scientist by training I understand the power of experiments, […]
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