Strategic Planning Consultant

The Lean Start Process

If you thought LEAN was a programme for large manufacturing type organisations only – THINK AGAIN! Traditionally Lean has been applied to larger companies but all of the underlying principles apply for every business – especially those in the technology service and software development area.


Joe Connaughton has a wealth of experience in setting up and running technology companies. He has been mentored by the best over the years. He also acts as a trusted advisor to a select number of growing technology companies in the region

Because Appadvisor are LEO and Enterprise Ireland approved lean consultants there is a great opportunity to help LEO clients through the introduction of Lean and help them grow their bottom line.

What is Lean?

Lean is about being effective and efficient – doing things quicker, better, cheaper. Lean strives to stamp out waste and to continually improve.

Lean tools and techniques are helping companies across all sectors and all sections from e.g. production, business processes but also sales and financial analysis and strategy.

The techniques are used to address competitiveness issues within their businesses, building the capability of their people to identify issues and improve their operations.  Lean is about being effective and efficient – doing things quicker, better, cheaper…together. Lean strives to stamp out waste and to continually improve.

What are the Objectives?

Participants will have the knowledge and skills to enable them undertake small lean projects resulting in continuous cost reduction improvements in their businesses. The scheme will help to:

  • Identify issues and potential improvement areas
  • Provide support to implement
  • Achieve savings and improvements in capability and capacity to deliver

What’s involved?

The programme involves an in-company assignment by Joe Connaughton, Appadvisor ltd, who will introduce Lean principles and complete a specific cost reduction project.  Assignments will be carried out over a 6 to 8 week period and will include a number of consultancy days with in-company visits to each business scheduled depending on each situation.

After a suitable in-company project has been identified, a diagnosis of current practice and performance and key performance indicators will be established to achieve targeted business improvement measures based on a set of Lean tools and methodologies tailored to suit each client’s situation.

The cost may be heavily subsidised by the lean start programme ran by your local enterprise office or Enterprise Ireland.

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