New website!

Yes, welcome to our new website. All in the name of Continuous Improvement of course. As you will see, it’s the same URL, with slightly different content. The biggest change is we have removed our recorded online courses. “Why so?” I hear you ask. Well, to cut a long...

What are those Lean books behind you?

I was Zoom’ing with a friend from the world of Lean recently and at one point in our conversation I could see he was looking behind me, peering at my bookshelf, the one full of Lean books. I should say here I usually have a very realistic fake brick wall backdrop...

Which process do I improve?

Yes, What now? Imagine you have several processes with problems, and you can only improve one at a time. Which process do you improve? How do you quickly make your choice, to get moving, without calling in expensive analysis resource or completing a complex...

Strike with Lean!

I am in full support of the current round of teacher strikes. As a primary school teacher and educational leader of over 20 years expererince, it is no surprise to me at all that The Guardian recently ran an article stating that a third of England’s teachers who...

Waste in the workplace

What is meant by ‘waste’ in the workplace? No, not the type of waste that ends up in the bins in this image. I’m talking here about any step or activity in a process that consumes resources but adds no value from the perspective of those involved in the process,...

Short Interval Leadership

Having been an educational leader with my own classes of up to 30 students or more, I did not always have huge amounts of time across a day to spend with my team of teachers. I often worked in demanding roles in very challenging circumstances, and I could not simply...

Working on three levels

Guest blogger Chris Shannon, University of Queensland, has this to say about working on three levels … “While tidying up my electronic files recently, I came across this diagram. I first saw this in 2015  when attending introductory Lean training run by...

Using BOSCARD to scope a Lean rapid improvement event

If you are going to run a Lean rapid improvement event (RIE) you probably need the answer to a few questions beforehand. Well-scoped RIEs have a much greater chance of delivering an excellent outcome than do those that were poorly scoped. Lean facilitators are in the...