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Paul Sturzaker is one of sixteen students undertaking Lean Management at Graduate Certificate level through the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Units forming the certificate are: Lean Thinking and Practice; Leading Value Stream Transformation and Change; Process Engineering, Improvement and Innovations; and Workplace Project.

The certificate has been developed in response to Mapping the Connections research, jointly undertaken on the North West Coast of Tasmania by Enterprise Connect and UTAS, during 2012/2013. In the research workplaces identified that future growth necessitated: skill development and training; greater collaboration; and process improvement.

Productivity Improvers Directors, Clynton Jaffray and Michael Bonney are part of the lecturing team delivering these units. Paul is the Manager of Downstream Processing at Grange Resources, Port Latta and we thank him for sharing his thoughts with Alana Jaffray, Business Development Manager at Productivity Improvers.

Coastal business leaders claim change is key to a brighter future

Productivity Improvers are lecturing at the University of Tasmania in the new Lean Management Program.

Explore lean and continuous improvement concepts to learn how to increase productivity, reduce waste and improve workplace culture through these new flexibly delivered postgraduate business units.

In order to improve the processes involved in manufacturing electrical harnesses, Southern Prospect engaged the services of Productivity Improvers. Southern Prospect employees with the assistance of Productivity Improvers, implemented a Production System (Integrated Team Approach) using Lean tools. The outcomes of this project were improvements in people, quality, velocity and cost.

One of Gemco Rail’s key initiatives is to implement lean methodology to standardize all Work Practices. To that end our Forrestfield operation has undertaken a Rapid Improvement Workshop to move towards World’s Best Work Practices, beginning with the Wheel Shop’s assembly bay.

Productivity Improvers would like to welcome two new staff members, Director- Business Improver Michael Bonney and Business Development Manager Alana Jaffray.  

Good quality Lean skills are like anything else, the more we practice the better we become. It is that age old adage Learning by Doing. The best Lean practitioners will all tell you the best way to learn Lean is on job training with an experienced Lean coach.

Productivity Improvers (PI) have made a slow start in to communicating with its clients, friends, family and potential clients on progress made so far.  We would appreciate if you could pass the message amongst your friends and family about the new business that is up and running and like us on face book. PI are hopeful of having some exciting news in the coming weeks in regards to some potential new clients and initiatives that are currently being developed. 

Productivity Improvers has been working closely with Maltec Engineering to assist taking them on their Lean journey. The success of the business saw significant growth over a short period of time. This created workflow inefficiencies which were not being addressed. Productivity Improvers has impleneted some simple Lean tools that have helped to address these issues. The company has since seen vast improvement in efficiencies which has permitted further growth without major capital investment.