Integrative Improvement Blog

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

5 reasons why your supply chain should go digital now

In today’s global and connected economy, digital supply chains are the on-ramp to innovation and success. And in case you thought the term was just another buzzword created by pseudo intellectuals or the media, you’re wrong. It’s real, and if you want to be among the winners, you need to get on the highway and pick up speed.

A 9-point plan for leaders to drive cultural change

Transforming an organisation from its current state to world class, calls for substantial changes in structure, systems, culture and behaviour at all levels of the organisation. But changing an entrenched culture is most likely the toughest task you will face as a leader. To drive cultural change, you must win the hearts and minds of the people you work with, and that takes both cunning and persuasion.

7 steps to a successful organisational climate assessment

Organisational climate fundamentally forms the soul of an organisation and influences the job performance and work attitude of individuals. In fact, research has shown that a better workplace climate not only makes people more motivated, it can improve bottom-line performance too — by up to a staggering 30%. Here’s how to get the most out of your climate assessment survey.

Why kamishibai is one of the most important lean tools you’ll ever use

The degree to which a leader can quickly grasp the reality of a situation during a leader standard work audit – or during the more open-ended gemba walk – largely depends on the type and quality of visual controls in use. The ancient Japanese art form of kamishibai has entrenched itself as one of the foremost management tools for performing audits in manufacturing environments.

Will Industry 4.0 spell the end of lean manufacturing?

Heralded as the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 introduces new technologies in manufacturing, bringing together the digital and physical worlds of the production floor. On the surface, it may seem that these advanced technologies are contrary to the lean principles of simplicity. So does that spell the end of the lean manufacturing era?

Why 5S is the key to a successful CI initiative

For any lean or similar CI initiative to succeed, participants must immediately identify with and buy into the concepts, and learn how these best practices will benefit their lives. One of the most effective ways to gain this support is to begin a CI implementation with the 5S best practice.

5 actions to successfully lead change in your work teams

Organisations experience change in many shapes and forms, from continuous improvement initiatives, downsizing, mergers and acquisitions to technical upgrades and changes in leadership. If there’s anything else guaranteed in life besides death and taxes, it’s change within today’s business world. So to lead change effectively, you need to become a champion of change.

7 steps to optimise your maintenance plan

The primary focus of RCM is to achieve a high level of understanding of the failure modes or causes, the likelihood of occurrence and the related effects. This provides the framework for defining a maintenance plan that prevents or proactively addresses the potential causes of failure in such a way that the overall cost of doing business is reduced.

Is manufacturing flexibility part of your demand volatility plan?

In industries with highly volatile demand, like chemicals and fashion retail, the costs of stockouts and markdowns can actually exceed the total cost of manufacturing. To tackle this high and unpredictable demand volatility, manufacturing companies have to improve responsiveness. In other words, they have to become agile.