Business Improvement Blog

Our Blog is home to Business Improvement tips, learnings, and thoughts on achieving Operational Excellence by our team of experienced Business Improvement coaches

What is Reactive Improvement and why aren’t more companies embracing it?

by Ross Kennedy, 7 March 2019 To achieve Operational Excellence, organisations need a Continuous Improvement Strategy. Like all good strategies, that look at how we are going to win, it should focus o...

Automating OEE Data Capture – when should we automate

by Ross Kennedy, 21 February 2019 There are many options when it comes to automating Overall Equipment Effectiveness or OEE data capture. Some are very specifically focused on OEE while others tend to...

Using the OEE Loss Analysis Spreadsheet – a very powerful tool

by Ross Kennedy, 6 December 2018 The Overall Equipment Effectiveness of OEE Loss Analysis Spreadsheet is a very powerful tool to assist in more fully understanding not only where all the equipment los...

Improving OEE – using a structured team based approach

by Ross Kennedy, 9 November 2018 A structured Overall Equipment Effectiveness or OEE Loss & Improvement Analysis is the most effective way to identify all the improvement opportunities to achieve perf...

Calculating OEE – have you got it right

by Ross Kennedy, 29 October 2018 The 2 most common methods of calculating OEE is by either using Equations which involves multiplying Availability, Performance Rate and Quality; or by using the Time L...

Measuring OEE – important to get it right

by Ross Kennedy, 22 October 2018 There are three operational situations where OEE can be measured with each requiring a different approach. As such it is important to determine your operational situat...

Understanding OEE – the misunderstood measure

by Ross Kennedy, 15 October 2018 Overall Equipment Effectiveness or OEE is based on the premise that equipment is only effective when it is available as required, running at the ideal speed, and produ...

Expose the Hidden Factory in your Plant with OEE

by Ross Kennedy, 16 February 2018 OEE or Overall Equipment Effectiveness was created during the development of the Toyota Production System to help understand all the losses that could affect equipmen...

Should we be using Proverbial Wisdom to guide our Lean Transformations?

by Ross Kennedy, 23 January 2018 The following piece of proverbial wisdom is remarkably astute: Give a person a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to fish, and you feed them for a lifet...

Toyota Legacy Under Threat...

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 10 November 2017 Most practitioners are well aware of the founding role of the Toyota Production System in the Business Improvement movement. There is seemingly not a single as...

Lean is a journey not a weekend getaway...

by Rebecca Kennedy, 6 October 2017 So we now know Lean is an Operational Strategy – not a principle, method, system or tool. Although it is proven to deliver immediate business benefits, it is not a o...

Identify the Problem – the key to Root Cause Analysis

by Ross Kennedy, 18 August 2017 Recently I ran a very successful public workshop on Frontline Problem Solving Root Cause Analysis. This approach is designed to assist all levels in a company from Mana...

A tool by any other name...

by Rebecca Kennedy, 12 July 2017 What’s in a name? or in this case a definition? Following on from my first Blog (published 21 April 2017) where I discussed the different reactions to Lean I’ve been e...

Innovation - making it happen

by Ross Kennedy, 30 June 2017 Do you realise that most companies incorporate Innovation into their Values, and promote the need for Innovation in their businesses, however very few, if any, have a fra...

Chasing Production Records isn’t very Smart

by Ross Kennedy, 5 May 2017 Too often we find sites obsessed with trying to achieve new production records in an attempt to increase their overall output. The sad reality is that trying to achieve new...

Defining Lean for Services...

by Rebecca Kennedy, 21 April 2017 Since launching the new Business Improvement in Services arm of CTPM, I’m often asked what is Lean? Particularly as it’s a relatively new term in the Services Industr...

Daily Management 101…

by Ross Kennedy, 17 February 2017 It might sound overly simple, but are your daily review meetings simply about complying with company policy? Or are they really focused on safely achieving your produ...