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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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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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Objective teams part 3 – performing teams

Introduction To use a metaphor: building a house with weak foundations is inadvisable. It might allow the first floor to be built but never more and, over time, there is a good chance that that house will subside and sink, or collapse in on itself. The same is with teams. Short term, first level, gains […]

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Objective teams part 2 – forming the team

Introduction As I reflect on the latest series of “team” posts and how my methodology has developed over time, it struck me that the phases might appear to happen sequentially, but that isn’t the case. They are written that way to demonstrate to the reader the different skills required to achieve each stage, yet they […]