Integrative Improvement Blog

The integrative improvement blog discusses and provides commentary on the latest topics in the business performance improvement sector.

A 5-step action plan to transform your operational excellence ecosystem

Forward-thinking executives around the world are increasingly viewing operational excellence (OpEx) as a key driver of top-line growth, and no longer as just a tool for incremental process improvements at operational level. They understand that OpEx project teams and processes are best placed to create disciplined frameworks to gain competitive advantage.

How the three SMED steps can help you streamline changeovers

For an F1 pit crew, changing four tyres takes less than 15 seconds. This is living proof that changeover times can be reduced by analysing each element to see if it can be eliminated, moved, simplified or streamlined. In manufacturing maintenance, single-minute exchange of dies (SMED) can dramatically reduce the time it takes to complete equipment changeovers.

How a continuous improvement leader can stay relevant in a maturing organisation

Much like a product life cycle, a continuous improvement leader’s life cycle may start small, grow as the leader becomes more aligned with the organisation’s mission, and then subside somewhat as performance improvement matures. So to stay relevant in a maturing organisation, consider broadening your skill set.

8 ways to build a culture of continuous improvement – and make it stick

Building an effective culture of continuous improvement (CI) is not just about executing a cluster of improvement projects. While it’s a good place to start to reap tangible rewards, more is required to drive sustainable results over time and embed continuous improvement in the organisation’s DNA.

How to uncover hidden wastes with a loss and waste analysis

Though manufacturing is the heartbeat of every industrialised nation, mass production is a complex process that requires vast amounts of energy and resources to transform raw materials into finished goods. A loss and waste analysis offers a framework with which to assess the status quo and optimise manufacturing performance.

10 reasons why your production system design could be flawed

Too often, organisations implement misunderstood CI tools and techniques through a myriad of disjointed and isolated projects, hoping for the best. While these projects may well deliver quick wins internally, they have virtually no impact on achieving sustainable transformation across the organisation. Being successful in sustaining these efforts requires careful thought about production system design.

6 maintenance planning steps to get you out of firefighting mode

Most asset intensive organisations recognise that efficient and effective maintenance planning and scheduling is one of those cornerstone processes that can help assure equipment reliability and assist with attaining operational excellence. Yet studies show that most companies still do not perform maintenance planning effectively.

6 lean coaching skills for bottom-line success

The success of lean systems – and continuous improvement in general – relies on engaging the hands and minds of everyone in the upkeep and renewal of the system. It requires constant practice and a strong will to compete and not become complacent. The following 6 lean coaching skills will serve a dual purpose in their execution.