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The devil is in the detail For those faced with the challenge of raising performance It is easy to be consumed with details of improvement tool and techniques. There is, however, much to learn from the 1% of organisations that have a track record of year on year improvement spanning... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2021 at DAK Academy
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Some organizations don't pay enough attention to people development. To them, it looks like a detour, when it is actually a shortcut. Not only that but with the right mindset it is something that: Adds value to the day to day routine with minimal effort. Delivers gains of 6 to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2021 at DAK Academy
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The most common cause of failure of digitisation projects is to over focus on the technology. So what s hould you focus on? Below are 10 pointers from the Pioneers of Digitisation delivering a step change in performance. Set priorities based on the drivers of business success. Progress can stall... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at DAK Academy
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Digital CI Is journey not a destination Organisations that successfully embrace the improved connectivity of digital technology at scale see a step change in performance. Where many organisations fail is by adopting a mindset that characterises the future gains in terms of one off cost savings. This is a journey... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at DAK Academy
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Adapting Maintenance Best Practice As technology continues to advance, maintenance best practices are adapting. Those that do this well have found that as technology advances they can close the gap between the physical and digital world and achieve a step up in maintenance performance. They have also found that this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2021 at DAK Academy
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Without the right mindset, winning improvement ideas slip through the fingers like grains of sand. As Edison remarked, Hard work, data analysis and logic on their own are not enough to succeed. Invention is 1% idea and 99% perspiration. To look this another way, with new ideas, the content of 99% of effort is shaped by the mindset which created the original idea. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2021 at DAK Academy
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A characteristic of business crisis is the way the shock accelerates trends of decline for some and catapults others into rapid growth. One of those trends during the lockdown has been an increased use of online video conferencing. Some have estimated that online and remote working has progressed by the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2020 at DAK Academy
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The basics of good project design and governance for business and improvement leaders Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2020 at DAK Academy
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During an online training session, the course leader is not aware of individual progress without feedback from the learner. To provide that feedback, learners need to be more aware of what is expected from them at each learning step. That way they will have confidence that have correctly understood each... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at DAK Academy
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Although many organisations have been operating throughout the lockdown, there are many that will be facing up to that challenge in the coming weeks. I thought it might be useful to share ideas and lessons learned. Below is a draft list of areas for consideration (harvested from the web). Let... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at DAK Academy
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Total Productive Manufacturing (TPM) has a proven success record in transforming the front line reality through its goal of "Year on year improvement in effectiveness by engaging those who impact on it in small group activity". This one sentence incorporates four interlinked TPM concepts: Year on year improvement: No matter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at DAK Academy
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Supply chains are constantly evolving to adapt to dynamic pressures from a combination of Uncertainty (such as Global warming, Corona virus, Brexit) and real world dynamics (such as traffic flows, changes in customer preference and distribution channel. One approach to mitigating this risk has been to hold inventory at key... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at DAK Academy
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During an item on news about National Football Museum chief executive Tim Desmond commented that "The National Football Museum Hall of Fame aims to recognise a wide diversity of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the game". The reason the new exhibits in the Museum Hall of Fame... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2020 at DAK Academy
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In my youth in Liverpool I remember a football edition of the Liverpool Echo (known as the football pink) which had a competition called spot the ball. The winner of the competition was the one who guessed where the ball was. It can be tempting to use a similar approach... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2020 at DAK Academy
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I went to Japan in 1993 on a study tour and visited a manufacturer making lighting that had achieved 8 hours between intervention across their end to end process. The benefits to the business were many. The ability to flex production to meet seasonal demand, better yields, lower cost. Other... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2020 at DAK Academy
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Organisations that achieve year on year improvement in OEE use it as a "Leading rather than Lagging" Indicator (see box 1). That is they use OEE analysis to clarify future improvement potential and apply relevant Focussed Improvement tactics to systematically deliver that potential. Lagging indicators perform an important role in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2020 at DAK Academy
Plain English guide setting out how TPM delivers year on year gains through improved leadership and engagement Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2020 at DAK Academy
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