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WOO! Waiting. Overprocessing. Overproduction

The following are abridged and edited version of articles that first appeared in WHERE To Print, written by WTP columnist, Andrew Malson Waiting There can be no value attributed to waiting. That sentence could be the start and end of this section. The unit of measurement of waiting is time and while Time Management spurned […]

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TIMWOOD – Inventory & Motion

A continuation of “Wasteful thinking..”, an abridged version of the series of articles by Andrew Malson, first published in WHERE To Print magazine. Inventory Surplus inventory impacts working capital, takes up space and takes time to manage. On the other hand, if your business isn’t cash restrained and you have the space and time to […]

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Wasteful thinking – how to understand the value stream

An article written by my colleague and Print/Packaging industry columnist, Andrew Malson. This piece has been segmented for the blog and complements previous articles by him. This article first appeared in WHERE To Print magazine. Introduction In this article I begin to further discuss Lean methodology by looking at waste as a concept; what it […]

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Delegation – the neglected skill

Is Delegation the most overlooked skill in the management “Toolbox”? The often quoted maxim of, “if you want it done properly, do it yourself” would seem to suggest so. Yet that statement does nothing more than identify the incompetent manager, one who has missed the point, entirely, of delegation. Delegation, and performing it well, acts […]

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Survive to Thrive – an introduction to 5S

Introduction Over my many years of 5S implementation in print companies, I have come across several epithets attributed to the system but this struck me as the most appropriate for this era: The comprehensive implementation of each S is the starting point in the development of improvement activities that enables any company to survive. Every […]

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Anecdotes – the Wales era 2

A continuation of the Anecdote series and another from my stint as GM in Wales, from the turn of the Century. First names have been changed. “Do you know who I am?!” Allow me to introduce Vernon. Vernon was the Sales Director, someone that might be described as detached from reality, where reality requires work […]