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From Concept to Reality: How to Build Your Own Learning Academy

Join Megan and Mat for our 1-hour interactive webinar focused on developing your own Learning Academy.  Drawing from our extensive 30-year experience in assisting organizations in establishing successful academies, we will delve into the intricate process of crafting a learning academy that not only imparts technical expertise but also cultivates the essential leadership and change […]

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The Insights Podcast – CI in Utilities
Megan James speaks to SA Partners Mat Jackson on his experience of deploying and sustaining operational excellence within the utilities sector. Understand why continuous improvement is needed now more than ever today within the sector, and how the approach can and should be adapted to fit the unique needs of the sector. Email* Company:* Country:*AfghanistanÅland [...]
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Capability Development Programme

Having adopted a ‘Reliability Centered Maintenance’ strategy for operations management and assets, this utility company  realised that this limited ‘Lean’ improvement approach was not embedding across the whole organisation. They wanted a more holistic approach to culture change and integration. Capability Development Programme integrated with improvement projects: This case study looks at how an improvement […]

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Congratulations to Dwr Cymru – Voted Best Water Company in the UK
We would like to send our warmest congratulations to Dwr Cymru. The only not-for-profit utility provider in England and Wales, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water has been recognised as ‘Most Recommended’ water company in the UK by Moneywise magazine. The company, which employs more than 3,000 people, was voted the Most Recommended by Moneywise readers. Welsh [...]
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M2030 bee launches S A Partners Maturity Assessment
Assess your lean maturity using an S A Partners simple self-assessment: In partnership with M2030 bee. For a long time, we’ve been at pains to explain that the real sustainable advantages from applying lean thinking isn’t related to what tools you use, or the myriad of acronyms that accompanies lean, they come a focus on [...]
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Utilities Week Congress

Andy Miles, Head of Utilities Sector at S A Partners, attended the recent Utility Week Congress in Birmingham, which is the premier event for water, gas & electricity sector leaders, Utility Week Congress offers strategic insight at the highest level. With uncertainties in the industry created by Brexit, change is the only confirmed certainty for […]

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Celebrating Lean Training Success at Dwr Cymru
Dr Toni Whitehead and Simon Grogan, MD at S A Partners were invited to attend the recent ‘celebration of success’ event at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW). Congratulations to all those who graduated successfully from the Cardiff University Lean Competency System (LCS) Black & Green Belt level from the Welsh Water Lean Development Programme. The [...]
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How to make Continuous Improvement/Lean stick?
We have been working with a client for over a year now, the flipchart below is their feedback on how to make “Lean/Continuous Improvement” stick- a fabulous piece of thinking I am very proud of the team. It illustrated to me how far they have come in relation to understanding how continuous improvement is implemented [...]
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Shingo Examiner Appointed

We are pleased to announce that Simon Grogan, MD of our European business has been accepted to become an examiner for the Shingo Institute. This is a great achievement following a challenging application and approval procedure, overseen by the Shingo Examiner’s Committee. During 2017, Simon will be invited to participate in Shingo ‘Achievement’ report reviews […]

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Continuous Improvement at Suez
This is a short video highlighting the CI journey so far for the Suez Environmental company.
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Webinar – Winning with your Suppliers
Often the worlds of supply strategy, the real world effects of customer demand patterns and the needs of a cohesive supplier development approach are disconnected. This webinar looks at how to inform strategic choices on supply and range planning with the nature of demand and how to turn these choices into compelling development plans with [...]
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Continuous Improvement and the vital few

In diagnostics people are always looking for the “low hanging fruit”, “Just do its” and “quick wins”. I would let the low hanging fruit rot and go looking for the things we have to do.

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