Integrative Improvement Blog

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

9 essential problem-solving actions every ops manager should take

Operations and manufacturing problem resolution is at the heart of value chain management. When these departments encounter obstacles, everything else stops. As a result, problem-solving within the operations or manufacturing environment is uniquely challenging and urgent. Following is an overview of nine essential actions to take for sustained success.

5 smart tech practices to gear up for the new industrial revolution

Past industrial revolutions occurred at a relatively slow pace, like long waves in the ocean. Today, technological change happens like a tsunami – you see small signs at the shore, and suddenly the wave sweeps in. The following five smart technology practices will help you prepare your organisation for the impact of the fourth industrial revolution, which is fast gaining traction around the globe.

CCi listed as a sample vendor in Gartner Hype Cycle

As an emerging global authority on integrative improvement, Competitive Capabilities International (CCi) was listed as a sample vendor of lean production systems in the 2016 Gartner Hype Cycle for Manufacturing Strategy.

10 steps to help you choose the right CI journey partner

The road to continuous improvement can be long and arduous, especially if it’s just one of many important efforts your organisation is pursuing in its quest for world class competitiveness. So it’s important to first determine where you want to go before selecting the path and the appropriate CI journey partner. These 10 steps will help you make the right choice.

TRACC expands global reach with new licence agreement

A new licence agreement between CCi and EY will give CCi’s flagship product, TRACC, even more significance and global reach. Read more about the South African product that’s yielded impressive transformational results for companies across the globe.

Big data: 3 ways to convince sceptics it’s time to think bigger

Manufacturers have long been known as early adopters of technology to reduce costs, innovate, and drive revenue. From the plant floor to the top floor, technology is used to expand worker mobility, gain real-time insights, and make data-driven decisions. Big data, in particular, is being used to bolster productivity, drive communications and maintain competitiveness.

6 steps to boost your bottom line with succession planning

Once viewed as a boardroom activity designed to fill a few positions at the very top, succession planning has evolved into a powerful tool focused on proactive — and ongoing — assessment, promotion and retention of key performers throughout the business. And the benefits are huge: higher performance, improved morale and a boost to the bottom line.

9 tips to drive decision-making through team consensus

One of the basic (and perhaps less prominent) elements of the Toyota Production System, and a key tenet of lean teaching, is the Japanese term nemawashi. Literally meaning ‘preparing the soil’ – as in preparing the soil for planting a tree – nemawashi is a kind of informal consensus-building technique. The idea is to have all preparations done properly (hole dug, water available and so on) prior to planting the tree instead of trying to just ‘slam’ it into the ground.

5 considerations for future-proofing your manufacturing plant

Global manufacturers must adapt to changing demand, or they will become nothing more than a statistic in corporate history books. The key to staying the course is developing a deep understanding of the top five manufacturing trends that will prevail in 2017 – how will they impact your organisation?