Implementation of model workplaces is an effective way in which to energise implementation of the 20 Keys system and to bring about quick and visible change. With the 20 Keys implementation of safe and efficiently organised workplaces, the control and organisation of stores (like materials used in the production proces
I am often asked for a definition of operations excellence. My effort is the following: A continuous focus on strengthening an organisation’s operations improvement capability, through a system of knowledge that is embedded into the people, processes and technology, and which is the organisation’s way of working.
Marius Pretorius, Farm Manager at the Rooipoort pig farm of GHB (Pty) Ltd, recently completed the ODI Skills Programme for Management and Leadership Development. The ODI Skills Programme for Management and Leadership Development, focuses on strengthening emotional intelligence and coaching skills and aims at middle man
O-FM is a regional radio station based in Bloemfontein, South Africa. O-FM covers three provinces – the Free State, the North West province, and the Northern Cape province. In 2005, it also commenced broadcasts into the Vaal Triangle area. It broadcasts in English and Afrikaans, in an adult contemporary format. Recentl
Key 14 of the 20 Keys system is often seen as one of the more difficult Keys to implement. However, the underlying principles are simple; we need to empower people to make their own improvements in their workplaces. This may be by supporting their ideas for improvement or ensuring that the necessary facilities are avai
Key 8 of the 20 Keys System for operations excellence, Coupled Manufacturing/Production, is about a strategy and methods to link processes in order to ensure: a smooth, fast process, product and information flow, with low inventory levels, and effective communication between the different up- and downstream processes/f
It is a myth that managers are in the best position to come up with innovations and ideas for operations improvement in organisations. Because they’re the ones actually doing the day-to-day work, employees are in the best position to come up with ideas for operations improvement. They know first-hand what’s working and
On Friday 26 June 2020, Grain Field Chickens (GFC – a chicken processing plant in Reitz and a member of the VKB Group) was awarded the 20 Keys International Excellence Award, by PDI (Japan), and ODI (South Africa). GFC started their 20 Keys journey in March 2016, when Theo van Strijp, currently MD, asked me to present