Sarah Lethbridge

Sarah Lethbridge


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Testing, Testing … (for Covid 19)

Posted on 3 August 2020 by Sarah Lethbridge

Anyone who has heard me talk about lean would have no doubt heard me declare that I had a revelation about what lean is truly about quite a few years into being fully immersed in lean practice.  When the penny finally dropped suddenly everything clicked into place.  Lean is about increasing speed of delivery.  It’s about reducing lead time and
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Visual Management in a COVID 19 World

Posted on 29 June 2020 by Sarah Lethbridge

I’ve written before about how committing to Lean Thinking can be quite a painful endeavour.  Constantly seeking out improvements can be quite lonely, unwittingly alienating colleagues wherever you go. There are moments of joy however. I had one a few weeks into lockdown where, on one of our now regular zoom catch ups, I was told
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Every Covid Cloud Has A Silver Lining?

Posted on 1 June 2020 by Sarah Lethbridge

What strange, uncertain and frankly terrifying times we are all living in. The world feels like it’s completely falling apart. In amidst a sea of uncertainty, injustice and heartbreak all I feel I can do is attempt to look at the positives.   As a full-time working mum, pre Covid 19, my life was frantic, “Get
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5 Counter Intuitive Elements of Lean

Posted on 26 April 2020 by Sarah Lethbridge

(or Lean is Weird) Relatively early in the lockdown, when the usually ever-bountiful supermarkets were ransacked by worried shoppers, leaving aisle upon aisle of bare shelves, criticisms of lean began to materialise. ‘Just-in-time is to blame’, ‘supermarkets don’t hold any stock anymore so they can save money’, ‘supplies are delivered ‘little and often’, the inference
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Citizen Lethbridge

Posted on 1 March 2020 by Sarah Lethbridge

I’m sitting in a café waiting to go to the TedX Cardiff Conference co-organised by one of our associates Richard Strudwick with the support of the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.  I’ve been working too much lately and I did wonder whether I should lose my Sunday with my daughter to go to
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The Generation Game

Posted on 2 February 2020 by Sarah Lethbridge

There are lots of pivotal statements that are said to you in your life, that somehow or other, make it onto the great ‘statements I will never forget’ stone tablet of your mind.  When people say them to you, I wish that there was some kind of mental *ding* as the statement is carved into long
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System Addict

Posted on 21 December 2019 by Sarah Lethbridge

Thanks to my stellar upbringing, I have turned out to be a rather ‘forthright’ woman, chock full of opinions.  As I get older, experience is only galvanizing my resolve. I’m getting worse.  Most recently I was outraged at a children’s party and felt the need to get into an argument with Mrs Christmas / Santa’s Elf (it’s
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Small is Beautiful

Posted on 2 December 2019 by Sarah Lethbridge

Unfortunately, as we come to the end of the year, it just feels like there are so many huge things that we still all have to deal with.  I have to confess that I now quickly scroll past any tweets or facebook posts about the rate at which the icecaps are melting.  I know that the planet
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Price Does Not Equal Value

Posted on 12 October 2019 by Sarah Lethbridge

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for us in work, one that has made me acutely aware of the fact that it is so hard to accurately describe value – holistic, intangible value.  As a lean thinker, this phenomenon is not new to me of course. Often we spend a great deal of time improving
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