Happy New Year!

It’s January and the air is charged with new hopes and ambitions and people are driven now more than ever to make important personal or professional decisions.   It feels like we have a blank page on which to write our own narrative for the year.  So, what will you write?   The goal setting process […]

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Brave New Voice

It’s that time of the year again in the world of business; the excitement of the festive season mingles with a sense of energy and anticipation about what the next year might bring for us. But before we face forward, we’d like to look back over 2018 and an exciting development in the landscape of […]

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Lean Six Sigma and the Genius of Steve Jobs

  Love him or hate him, as many do, it is hard to deny the impact Steve Jobs had on the Apple customer experience for millions of people worldwide. His biographer Walter Isaacson described his tenure as a saga of ‘entrepreneurial creation myth writ large,’ and his legacy was not just in product development but […]

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Risky Business

Decisions, decisions, decisions.  I don’t know about you, but I always find that the month of September, that post-holiday period is a time that brings about a renewed energy.  A desire to make the most of that final push of the year and with everybody having the same feeling there is a collective sense of […]

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Which Way to Justice?

  Justice is an ancient concept, spanning continents, times and cultures; the eternal search for what is fair, or just.  I believe that most of us at some stage have felt the sting of injustice; possibly as a child, maybe observed in the world around us.  My brushes with injustice have been light; someone takes […]

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Lean Down on Waste

A couple of weeks ago I caught the tail end of a tv show presented by Professor Brian Cox ‘The Race for Space’ where he interviewed aerospace engineer Robert Zubrin about the benefits of setting up colonies on Mars.  Zubrin suggested that if we could “maximise the reach of human creativity” by exploring the trillions […]

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Navigating Negativity

Out of a few different existences (corporate, student, political, traveller etc.) my favourite realm is undoubtedly the creative one and currently, that energy is focused on screenwriting. I’ve written one full film script and am in the middle of two other projects. It’s a tough one to break, given the money involved in production and […]

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How to be a good Project Sponsor

If you’re new to being a project sponsor, it’s OK to be unfamiliar with the role. It’s not OK to continue that way. The buck stops with you. You could have the worst project manager, and the most incompetent project team in the world, if the project fails, it’s still your fault. Here are some […]

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Continuous Improvement – the poem!

Happy National Poetry Day! Here at Continuous Improvement Projects we’ve edged slightly out of our comfort zones and written a poem to mark the day. Not to be taken too seriously, of course, but we hope you enjoy. I don’t think any of us will be giving up the day job any time soon 😉 […]

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Lean Six Sigma: Setting the record straight

As Lean Six Sigma has increasingly become a part of mainstream business practices, more and more people have begun talking about it. There has been a long-standing bone of contention surrounding the use of Lean Six Sigma methodologies and its applicability in the services industry. This has muddied the waters and resulted in confusion, misunderstanding […]

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