CI Cluster Formation
Manufacturing Connect (CCMC) ran a workshop on the principles of Lean and Lean Clustering on the 28thJuly 2016 at Mingara Recreational Centre.
Through Trish Wilson, the facilitator for the day, the workshop was managed in two parts. The morning session harnessed the 45 strong, groups experience in continuous improvement. We had people with little to no experience to those who had over 25 years experience.
Very early in the workshop the group decided to use the term Continuous Improvement(CI) and through a number of interactive sessions the group covered the topics of why do CI, CI principles and tools and methodologies. Each session provided a long list of answers highlighting the experiences of each organisation and how they adapted CI to their needs. The overwhelming response as to why do CI was to remain competitive through the reduction of waste, improved efficiency and providing products to customers on time, in full and to specification.
In response to the other topics of CI principles and Tools and methodologies the lists of responses were lengthy. You can see what was said by clicking on the links at the end of this article.
The afternoon session was conducted with a much smaller group representing those that were interested in forming an ongoing cluster to share experiences and knowledge. Seven organisations committed to this, together with two government representatives and an external resource.Some initial ground rules of operation and attendance were established and the group will be facilitated by CCMC.
The groups first meeting was held on the 2nd September where the format of meetings and rules were established. The groups first formal site visit was held on the 5th November 2016.