Lean

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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Have Laptop, Will Hustle

Posted on 13 August 2019 by Sarah Lethbridge

I’m going to say something quite privileged right now, but I’m amazed that everyone in work doesn’t have a laptop. Well, let me rephrase that, I’m amazed anyone who has to attend loads of meetings aren’t bought laptops by their employer.  I’m a much more productive employee because I have one with me at all times
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Pizza Productivity

Posted on 21 July 2019 by Sarah Lethbridge

In my lectures I often joke that once you start seeing the world from a lean perspective, things that you used to enjoy can start to become quite frustrating because you can see the room for improvement everywhere. I recently had a brilliant day at a mini festival in Cardiff with my friends but the
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Services and Standards: Stand Off or Stand Up?

Posted on 5 February 2019 by Sarah Lethbridge

“To understand Toyota’s success, you have to unravel the paradox – you have to see that the rigid specification is the very thing that makes the flexibility and creativity possible” Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System. Spear and Bowen, 1999.  “The specialisation and standardisation of work …. lead to more handovers, fragmentation of
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