Andy Brophy

Andy Brophyis a Lean & Innovation Improvement Advisor. He has been working in the Lean field for the last 15 years with a diverse range of organisations including manufacturing, government, services, software development, and hospitals.

Andy is a professional engineer and holds a 1st Class MSc in Lean Operations from Cardiff University and is Six Sigma Black Belt certified. In May 2010 he published the co-authored book Innovative Lean with John Bicheno of the Lean Enterprise Research Centerin the UK. This work is primarily based on the power of harvesting and implementing employee ideas and creating an innovative and empowered workforce.

Lean 2 Innovative Thinking offers clients hands on practical facilitation in improving the performance of their organisation. We use the Lean Philosophy in tandem with the Creativity and Innovation fields as the primary catalysts for performance improvement.

We work with you organisation‘s employees at all levels from senior leadership right down to the people delivering value on the frontlines.

We bring proven success stories from a wide range of industries including, hospitals, manufacturing, office environments, financial services, and logistics.

Lean is a culture enrichment journey that over time changes the thought process of all your employees enabling them to proactively improve their processes and products everyday. Lean is in essence working on the work and the systems that support the people doing the work. Our approach is to meet with your leadership team to determine your business priorities and perform an assessment of the current state of your organisation's performance.

We commonly use thre eaudits to performthis diagnostic assessment:

  • Lean Assessment (32 Keys to Excellence)
  • Creative and Innovative Workplace Study
  • Value Stream Mapping

This provides a baseline to clients as to current performance and improvement potential.

A commonly used diagnostic analysis is a Value Stream Map and this enables the development of a future state blueprint and helps us to decide which Lean and Creativity techniques to deploy to realise the full potential of your organisation.

Companies that have embraced Lean have experienced significant results. Numerous surveys on these organisations 3 – 5 years into the journey have reported major sales growth and market share gains based on:

  1. 60% reduction in cycle times
  2. 80% reduction infloorspace
  3. 40% inventory reductions
  4. 50% improvement in quality
  5. 95% equipment Availability
  6. 80% reduction in changeover time
  7. Less than 1% error rates



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