Continuous Improvement & Innovation Blog

This Blog is home to Continuous Improvement & Innovation tips, learnings, and ideas, as well as CTPM's latest product and event announcements, and the occasional ramblings from our CI&I Coaches.

Understanding OEE – Chapter 1

by Ross Kennedy, 15 October 2018 Review of “Understanding, Measuring, and Improving Overall Equipment Effectiveness” published by CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group – a Productivity Press book. The firs...

Expose the Hidden Factory in your Plant with OEE

by Ross Kennedy, 16 February 2018 OEE or Overall Equipment Effectiveness was created during the development of the Toyota Production System to help understand all the losses that could affect equipmen...

Is your problem Complicated or Complex?

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 2 February 2018 Problems can be classified as being either Complicated or Complex (Wicked). Complicated Problems are governed by known rules or laws such as the Law of Gravity,...

Should we be using Proverbial Wisdom to guide our Lean Transformations?

by Ross Kennedy, 23 January 2018 The following piece of proverbial wisdom is remarkably astute: Give a person a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to fish, and you feed them for a lifet...

Getting serious about Innovation...

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 18 January 2018 Innovation is not a game … it’s extremely serious business.  But so is sustaining any enterprise of scale in an increasingly dynamic, competitive and globalised...

Innovation and Problem-Solving

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 13 December 2017 Now that’s two words you don't often hear in the same sentence … but should we? Well I would say we definitely should, although I must also confess it has take...

The Problem with Innovation

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 23 November 2017 At a conference in Sydney last year on Disruptive Innovation, a high-profile presenter defined Innovation in just four words:  “Change that adds Value.” At the...

Toyota Legacy Under Threat...

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 10 November 2017 Most practitioners are well aware of the founding role of the Toyota Production System in the Continuous Improvement movement. There is seemingly not a single ...

How to identify Areas of Interest in Enterprise Innovation

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 1 November 2017 The first step on any Enterprise Innovation Journey involves coming up with a ‘good’ idea. It seems some people are full of ideas (good and bad) but based on ou...

Customer Centric 360 Enterprise Innovation

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 23 October 2017 Australian enterprises often have R&D Teams focused on developing the next new widget or enhancing their current widgets. However we rarely find a structured fr...

Lean is a journey not a weekend getaway...

by Rebecca Kennedy, 6 October 2017 So we now know Lean is an Operational Strategy – not a principle, method, system or tool. Although it is proven to deliver immediate business benefits, it is not a o...

Identify the Problem – the key to Root Cause Analysis

by Ross Kennedy, 18 August 2017 Recently I ran a very successful public workshop on Frontline Problem Solving Root Cause Analysis. This approach is designed to assist all levels in a company from Mana...

Why is Enterprise Innovation so hard to do?

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 4 August 2017 With all the talk about how important Innovation is to industry and the Australian economy generally, it continues to amaze me that there are in fact very few sta...

A tool by any other name...

by Rebecca Kennedy, 12 July 2017 What’s in a name? or in this case a definition? Following on from my first Blog (published 21 April 2017) where I discussed the different reactions to Lean I’ve been e...

Innovation - making it happen

by Ross Kennedy, 30 June 2017 Do you realise that most companies incorporate Innovation into their Values, and promote the need for Innovation in their businesses, however very few, if any, have a fra...

The Impact of Company Culture on Innovation

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 9 June 2017 Peter Drucker, the much respected management consultant, educator, and author, often argued that a companies’ culture would trump any attempt to create a strategy t...

Is Innovation a realistic goal for Australian manufacturers?

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 2 June 2017 In a perfect world all businesses would be innovative. All companies would produce fabulous products that are not only fun to use and great to look at, but there wo...

Innovators as Problem Solvers...

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 19 May 2017 Of course there are some people who would argue: “innovators create problems” but I recently came across an article online which said exactly the opposite. And alth...

Chasing Production Records isn’t very Smart

by Ross Kennedy, 5 May 2017 Too often we find sites obsessed with trying to achieve new production records in an attempt to increase their overall output. The sad reality is that trying to achieve new...

Do you have an effective Innovation Framework?

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 28 April 2017 It seems Innovation is the mother of motherhood issues these days. It generally has become universally accepted within higher education circles and business, that...

Defining Lean for Services...

by Rebecca Kennedy, 21 April 2017 Since launching the new Continuous Improvement in Services arm of CTPM, I’m often asked what is Lean? Particularly as it’s a relatively new term in the Services Indus...

Experimenting with Innovation...

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 7 April 2017 According to academic Michael Schrage, in his book The Innovator’s Hypothesis, cheap experiments are worth more than good ideas … and I would have to agree wholehe...

Talking about Innovation...

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 31 March 2017 "Most organisations in this country pay lip service to the notion of Innovation”. Fact or Fiction? Is Innovation the mother of motherhood issues in Australian bus...

What is really Innovative?

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 24 March 2017 If we accept innovation is the process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value or for which customers will pay then it begs ...

Light Bulbs Vs Candles

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 10 March 2017 At the risk of sounding too academic I think it is always helpful to have definitions when trying to differentiate between ideas such as Innovation and Continuous...

Misconceptions about Innovation

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 3 March 2017 For a subject that gets regularly touted about by Prime Ministers and other important people it seems there is a lot of misunderstanding about the concept of innov...

Leaning towards Innovation

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 24 February 2017 When I first started with CTPM as their Director of Innovation at the beginning of the year one of my first jobs was to decide how the new practice would fit w...

Daily Management 101…

by Ross Kennedy, 17 February 2017 It might sound overly simple, but are your daily review meetings simply about complying with company policy? Or are they really focused on safely achieving your produ...

Innovative… to be or not to be…

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 10 February 2017 Ross Kennedy allocated me a seemingly simple task on my first day on the job as Director of Innovation at CTPM: Explain exactly how and why a company should be...

Think people before tools…

by Dr Andrew M Connery, 2 February 2017 A well meaning colleague recently emailed me a link to a small video on a major overseas software developer’s website introducing a tool to manage the whole inn...