Articles, white papers, interviews & case studies on business improvement & operational excellence: Six Sigma, Lean, Toyota Production System, continuous improvement, Kaizen & more.
Lean Construction: New tools and old combine to reduce waste
Construction is possibly the last frontier for lean. Although manufacturing’s productivity has improved during the last 40 years, the construction industry has experienced a slight decline. The answers to improving construction productivity are not in more software or technology.
Posted: 12 Jun 2008
Does Six Sigma stifle Innovation?
Recent articles have criticised Six Sigma as "squelching" Innovation, and stifling creativity in general, citing two massive organisations as being prime examples. Is there truth to these criticisms, or can the two co-exist?
Posted: 11 Jul 2007
Six Sigma’s Seven Deadly Sins
Whilst other quality initiatives have come and gone, can Six Sigma deliver on its promise of long-term benefits? This article investigates a number of ways to make this happen.
Posted: 05 Jun 2007
Competing through Quality - Hungary's Journey to Excellence
Quality Management has been instrumental role in building the competitiveness of the developing economies of the new EU member states. By introducing measurable, international standards for improving all aspects of business performance, quality standards have provided the perfect tool for building business competence, confidence and performance.
Posted: 16 May 2007
The People Premium
Every project is dependent upon people, processes and tools. They are how the work gets done. But these three essential elements are not equal. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, and provides a different value to our projects.
Posted: 06 Sep 2006