The Simplicity of Lean

The Simplicity of Lean

This is an except from Chapter-1, Introduction from my book, “The Simplicity of Lean”. Lean means many things to many people and its success or failure is important to a large number of stakeholders: customers, employees, management, shareholders, suppliers, and society as a whole. Is Lean a toolkit? Is it about cost saving? Is it…

Reading is fundamental, but comprehension is important too

Reading is fundamental, but comprehension is important too

The art of debate has devolved.  No longer is it used as a tool of discovery, understanding, reconciliation, and progress.  Today, it is a tool used to beat one another into submission – with the wholesale surrender of the beliefs and values held by one party over the other being the goal. What’s worse, the…

Applying Lean Six Sigma Methods to Litigation Practice

Applying Lean Six Sigma Methods to Litigation Practice

A growing number of law departments and law firms are exploring Lean Six Sigma and similar methodologies to continuously improve the way they deliver legal services. By tailoring these techniques to litigation processes, legal teams can reduce costs, increase efficiency and better align their workflows with client priorities This article provides a thorough investigation into…

The Language of Lean

The Language of Lean

One of the frequent criticisms that Lean Practitioners face in teaching Lean Thinking and its Leadership is that the language used can be confusing or exclusive. Whilst terms such as Kaizen and Kanban might have become well established across industry and geography, terms such as Kamishibai, Kaikaku and Yamazumi (please see the end of the…

Improving productivity – time for a paradigm shift?

Improving productivity – time for a paradigm shift?

Its time for improvement, as always! In the UK, we are constantly reminding ourselves – where others don’t do it for us – that “Productivity is a huge issue”. From Public to Private sector and now even Third sector (not for profit) organisations, calls for increased “efficiency”, “productivity” and “cost-effectiveness” to list but a few…