Diffusing resistance to change from AM and PM teams

One of the more common barriers to change we meet when introducing Autonomous Maintenance and Planned Maintenance is the belief that maintenance engineers will become deskilled and jobs cut, and that production operators will be expected to just take on more tasks. It’s important to tackle this misconception right at the beginning of your TPM… Read more »

How to persuade accountants to love Lean, TPM or Six Sigma

I think it’s fair to say that accountants love cash and hate risk. Running out of cash is still one of the biggest reasons why companies collapse. Cash is not only needed to start a business but to keep it running. For an accountant, risk starts as soon as cash is turned into something else… Read more »

The problem with Problem Solving!

When is structured problem solving the right method to use? Most of us probably still remember the pain of tackling our first fearsome quality issue. And if you were a supplier into Ford you will have been using the 8D method.I hope you had more success than I first did! Since then I have also… Read more »

10 ways to make your Visual Management Boards work

Is filling in your boards a tick box exercise or do you use them as a tool to enable improved performance and engage employees? Visual Management Boards are just one of the ways you can communicate with all the levels in your company. By themselves they don’t actually make improvements or, in fact, do that much… Read more »

10 Steps for successful lean office activities

Are you in a position where you need to improve your information or people based processes? This may be to meet new company objectives or because they are currently causing you problems. I most often find companies want to: Improve the cash flow cycle – get paid more quickly. Reduce the time it takes to… Read more »

How to identify the training needs of your whole organisation

Does your Training Needs Analysis result in an affordable and robust organisation wide training plan? Does it prioritise learning and development to meet both current and future requirements? If not don’t worry. This blog introduces a model developed at Industry Forum that will help you work through this daunting task. The Training Needs Analysis Cycle… Read more »

Unleash the power of the Training & Education pillar

One of the four stability pillars, T&E is often lost amongst the wealth of more technical information on equipment care and maintenance. But ignore T&E at your peril. It is initially deployed in the TPM journey alongside Focussed Improvement, Autonomous Maintenance and Planned Maintenance in order to improve production efficiency. However, ongoing deployment is a… Read more »

4 Worst mistakes in “lean office” activities

All too often I hear about cases where the deployment of lean techniques has failed and lean is rejected by the people it was meant to help. I’m particularly disappointed when these occur in work environments that process information or deal with people, like offices, health care, transport and other service providers. So if you… Read more »

Is it Visual Management or Mistake Proofing?

It is a common misconception that Mistake Proofing includes any device that simply reduces the possibility of errors. To help us understand the difference in the principles concerned I am going to use two holiday snaps from my favourite steam railway. The first is one of the most unusual signs I think you will find… Read more »