Juggling Work - Thinking Lean

Aug 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM / by John Cockburn-Evans posted in Task, waste, Organisation, agile

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There is  a considerable amount of material on how to be more personally effective.  This is a hot topic as the world becomes more complex, there are greater expectations on individuals  and timelines are getting shorter. 

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What does Productivity Encompass ?

Aug 20, 2019 10:00:49 AM / by John Cockburn-Evans posted in Lean, performance., Productivity, waste

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This is an expanding question because it encompasses everything we do. I have to stay mindful with my work, such that I don't get buried in the historical roots of lean manufacturing. At Aspire2BLean, we analyse the business situation and provide solutions for the traditional process wastes, but also look at the innate connections with energy losses, effluent and inefficient business processes. We are now looking at the digital interfaces and aspects of our daily work.

 We have to go way beyond these fundamental processes, and look into the dimensions of personal productivity as a subset of business efficiency.  This will have a significant impact on the overall goal of waste reduction. Within this area we have to go deeper and analyse the interaction with the person and machine. Nothing earth shattering, as it about the ability to train and guide staff on new hardware, which we have been doing for some time. We must get to the point where our personal ability to  connect effectively with the computers and digital interfaces improves, and our understanding is greater. It is not just about bespoke software for equipment, but the ability to deal with packages like Office 365, CRM and project management software. All of these touch points are opportunities for a loss in efficiency. I have tried to visualise this in a simple animation. 

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Agile is not Dead - It just needs Re-Calibrating

Aug 7, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by John Cockburn-Evans posted in Impact, Lean, Productivity, waste, Organisation, agile

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The Complexity and Power of Agility

Jul 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by John Cockburn-Evans posted in Lean, Operations, Process, Productivity, waste

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As lean experts and professionals we are always talking about agility based on lean thinking. The majority of people in industry and commerce are aware of the term VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex Ambiguous), its importance and resonance. What does 

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What does Productivity Encompass ?

Jun 13, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by John Cockburn-Evans posted in Lean, performance., Productivity, waste

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This is an expanding question because it encompasses everything we do. I have to stay mindful with my work, such that I don't get buried in the historical roots of lean manufacturing. At Aspire2BLean, we analyse the business situation and provide solutions for the traditional process wastes, but also look at the innate connections with energy losses, effluent and inefficient business processes. We are now looking at the digital interfaces and aspects of our daily work.

 We have to go way beyond these fundamental processes, and look into the dimensions of personal productivity as a subset of business efficiency.  This will have a significant impact on the overall goal of waste reduction. Within this area we have to go deeper and analyse the interaction with the person and machine. Nothing earth shattering, as it about the ability to train and guide staff on new hardware, which we have been doing for some time. We must get to the point where our personal ability to  connect effectively with the computers and digital interfaces improves, and our understanding is greater. It is not just about bespoke software for equipment, but the ability to deal with packages like Office 365, CRM and project management software. All of these touch points are opportunities for a loss in efficiency. I have tried to visualise this in a simple animation. 

Holisitc Productivity
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The Complexity and Power of Agility

May 24, 2019 12:12:55 PM / by John Cockburn-Evans posted in Lean, Operations, Process, Productivity, waste

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As lean experts and professionals we are always talking about agility based on lean thinking. The majority of people in industry and commerce are aware of the term VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex Ambiguous), its importance and resonance. What does 

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Internal Personal Efficiency - The importance of an "Interdependent Culture"

Apr 3, 2019 12:45:40 PM / by Aspire2blean posted in DILO, Lean, Saving, personal, Productivity, waste

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I have been reflecting quite a bit recently about this topic, and the potential for further improvements in personal efficiency. Overall company efficiency is the sum of the component parts i.e. the aggregate efficiencies. This is why it is important to stay focused on our personal efficiency. I have blogged about productive people before, but quite often we think we are better than we actually are. One factor is that in the corporate or large company world, we can get sucked into "Other People's Waste". What do I mean by that? Inevitably we have  to work in teams , whether that be large or small. Each team member will carry with them their own waste.

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