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Are You a Learning Organisation?

Paul Dunlop examines what it means to be a learning organisation and outlines the common elements among environments that facilitate high-performing...

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Creating and Identifying Lean Superheroes

Turning our people into Lean Superheroes (and identifying them) requires asking a few questions and an investment of time / resources writes Paul...

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Hoshin Kanri: Linking the Top to the Bottom

Paul Dunlop explains how Hoshin Kanri, supported by adjacent Lean processes, facilitates effective strategy planning, deployment and execution.

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How do the Lean tools and principles connect?

The array of lean tools and concepts can be quite overwhelming. We explain how these continuous improvement elements connect and fit together.

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Lean Innovation: Hybrid Digital Kamishibai Boards

These hybrid digital kamishibai boards are a great example of how organisations can blend traditional Lean tools with digital solutions for great...

Continuous Improvement Planning: A Key Step

It is a simple, but often overlooked, critical step in the improvement process. Read why we must focus on continuous improvement planning for success.

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Keeping Lean Simple

All too often when challenged to make improvement in our process environment we look for the complicated ‘shiny objects’. We discuss keeping lean...

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The Power of A3 Thinking

Approach improvement utilising A3 methodology to support your improvement cycles. We discuss A3 thinking & how to achieve problem solving success.

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The Control Chart: Mapping Process Behaviour

The control chart (or process behaviour chart) is one of several visual tools typically applied to quality control analysis. We discuss how to use it.

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Defining the PDCA Cycle

Here's your definitive guide to the Plan, Do, Check, Adjust (PDCA) cycle - one of the pillars of Lean, continuous improvement and operational...

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Paul Dunlop: Why I Joined TeamAssurance

Paul Dunlop discusses his new role as Market Engagement Lead and why he's chosen to join TeamAssurance as an official member of the team.

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4 Lean tips to keep top-of-mind in 2022

We've put together these Lean tips to keep in mind for your continuous improvement and operational excellence efforts in 2022.

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4 Ways to Maintain Balance as a Leader

In this article, we delve into the key tactics to maintain balance as a leader - an oft overlooked aspect of improvement initiatives and lean...

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Clarity is Key to Strategy Execution

We discuss why clarity should be baked into organisational culture for effective strategy execution and how to create such an environment in your...

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The 8 Wastes of Lean

We delve into the wastes of lean. Learn how to identify them, how to improve in each area, and the questions you need to be asking.

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Lean Thinking is All About Discipline

Lean thinking requires discipline and an adherence to principles and processes. We discuss the structures needed to achieve significant change via...

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Maximise Tiered Meetings with Visual Management

Tiered meetings, daily huddles, and strategy execution are underpinned by great visual management. Maximise your potential with a tiered management...

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Unlocking Employee Potential

Maximising employee potential is at the core of Lean yet often overlooked. We discuss how to get the most from this crucial resource.

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Leader Standard Work: The Basics

Leader standard work is a key element in implementing and delivering strategic outcomes. We discuss how to identify and document this work.

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Creating a No Blame Culture

Continuous improvement requires an environment free of fear & a no blame culture. Learn why we thrive when this occurs and how to get there.

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Making Time for Continuous Improvement

We discuss how to reclaim your day, making time for continuous improvement. Stop working 'in' the process and start working 'on' your process.

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The Benefits of Daily Management

Daily management is key to effective communication, clarity of purpose, and continuous improvement. We discuss the benefits and opportunities.

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US Partners: CSI Consulting

Your lean system is stronger with technology and services. That's why TeamAssurance has partnered with CSI Consulting to service the North American...

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Setting up a Lean Daily Management System

Produtivity of any organization can be improved by implementing a Lean Daily Management System. At it's core is a series of interconnected tiered...

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Scaling and Sustaining an Excellence program

NCI Packaging was buckling under the volume of improvement projects until they adopted an online platform for sustaining an Excellence program at...

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Checklist Scoring

Use checklist scoring to track performance over time. Whether it's for an audit, assessment or 5S inspection, it's simple to create and simple to...

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Lag and Lead indicators in Safety Performance

Sustain safety improvements by focus on the right lag / lead indicators in safety performance. Display safety in familiar and easily understood...

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A3 Report template with Calendar view

The A3 report template supports a detailed list view and a calendar view. Use the toggle to switch between views and clearly communicate project...

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Lean A3 Reports for effective project reviews

Use a Lean A3 Reports template for effective project reviews and integrate project tasks into your Daily Management System for faster project...

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A Sustainable Continuous Improvement Process

Research identified three core elements that are essential for a successful Continuous Improvement process. Here's how you can implement them.

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Lean and Operational Excellence books

The best Lean and Operational Excellence books explore culture, teams and systems thinking. Here's the 3 books that have excited us the most so far...

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Frontline continuous improvement [Video]

A frontline team member takes us through his continuous improvement projects. This organization has developed problem-solving capabilities in their...

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A simple guide to process improvement

Imagine everyone has "...and continuous improvement specialist" in their job title. That's what you're aiming for with sustainable process...

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How to develop problem solving skills in teams

When things go wrong, do your teams know how to respond? Learn how to implement a basic structure for teams to develop problem solving skills.

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How to Sustain a Safety Culture

Heinrich's triangle (or the Accident triangle) needs an update to show a systems component. This transforms behavior based safety to a safety culture.

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Build team culture using these principles

Employee engagement impacts on organizational outcomes. A principles-based approach to team culture improves productivity and the quality of outcomes.

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Supplier development

Supply chain resilience and the chain of responsibility demands supplier development. This accelerates innovation and sets you up for long term...

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Strategy deployment using TeamAssurance

Strategy deployment (Hoshin Kanri) needs to be effectively communicated to the very frontline, who must be aligned and empowered to execute.

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Checklist action tracking system

TeamAssurance Checklists are tightly integrated to identified non-conformance actions. A checklist action will never go missing and are easy to track.

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Doing a checklist is only half the job

A checklist is only a means to an end. The resulting non-conformance actions must be trackable to help with continuous improvement.

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A3 problem Solving Template

This A3 problem solving template is based on A3 thinking. It provides a structured approach to problem-solving for teams working on complex issues.

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Productivity tips for operations teams

Ensure your daily tiered meetings are tight and focussed and make toolbox talks a breeze with these productivity tips in TeamAssurance.

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Translation and filterable search options

TeamAssurance content caters for multiple languages. For frontline team members, overseas sites or suppliers - you can all "read from the same page".

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How the Davey team reduced injuries by 20%

A safety case study for a manufacturer using a digital continuous improvement and operational excellence system resulting in a 20% reduction in...

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