E-PORTRAIT NEWSLETTERS 2017

December- 17: This month’s article was contributed by Iván Pena Regueiro, a Renoir Project Manager
from Spain who works on projects for clients in the Middle East and Asia. He reveals two key tools that we use when helping our clients, which could revolutionise your meetings and give a real boost to the performance of your business.

We’re also sharing a case study about our work with Chinese manufacturer of architectural and industrial coatings and resins, Bauhinia Coatings. Parent company, Yip’s Chemical, brought us in to carry out a comprehensive analysis, then engaged us for a 30-week project called Achieving Change Together (ACT). We set out to meet several agreed objectives across five areas: plant production and quality, sales and operations planning, procurement, logistics and architectural sales. 

November- 17: This month’s article was contributed by David Hall, a senior Renoir consultant based
in the USA. In it he explores a potential downside to low staff turnover – the negative consequences that can result from relying on longstanding senior staff to make key decisions. It’s a bit longer than most of the articles we feature, but it’s a great read, which gives a real insight into the way we work as well as the intriguing subject it covers.

We’re also sharing a case study about our work with Indonesian financial services company, Tifa Finance. They brought us in to look for opportunities for improvement in their business model, sales and collection productivity, processes and management control system. We then embarked on a 20 week project, working closely with an internal Taskforce and Management Action Team. 

October- 17: This month’s article was contributed by Tom Hryhorysak, our Engineering Practice
Lead for North America. In it he looks at the concept of employee empowerment, why projects based on it often go wrong and the key to ensuring their success. If you’re looking for ways to leverage the potential and creativity of your workforce, this article is well worth reading.

We’re also sharing a case study about our work with New Zealand Bus. They brought us in to help them find opportunities for improvement in their operations and maintenance departments in the Wellington and Auckland region.

September - 17: This month’s article was contributed by Sugandha Taneja, one of our Project Leads
based in India. In it she takes an in-depth look into what we mean by sustainability when it comes to change management and breaks down some of the myths that can stand in the way of successfully achieving it.
 
To go with the article we’re sharing a case study about our work at a US hospital, St Elizabeth’s in Youngstown, Ohio. They brought us in to help them improve their surgical throughput. The results of the project we carried out together included freeing up 4,000 extra hours of physicians’ time and increasing operating room capacity by 2,300 hours. The hospital now has a culture of continuous improvement and the staff are equipped to make further improvements without the need for our help.

August- 17:  In this month’s e-Portrait: This month we’re sharing another article from Joseph Wilkinson, one of our Senior Consultants based in Australia. In it he outlines nine fundamentals of good project management. They might not be what you’d imagine, so it’s well worth a read, even if you’re a seasoned project manager.

To go with the article, we’ve got a case study about our work with the joint venture that’s building the Al Rayyan Stadium in Doha, Qatar. They brought us in to help them boost the productivity of their workforce. We set out to increase productivity by at least 40% and achieved an improvement of around 55%, despite the extreme midsummer heat and humidity.

July- 17In this month’s e-Portrait: This time we’re featuring an article from Icten Eraybat, one of our project managers based in Dubai. In it she clarifies the distinction between business analytics and business intelligence and takes a look at their power to improve a business, if you know how to use them.

To accompany the article, we’ve got a case study about our work with Panama Ports Company. When they came to us for help improving their business structure they were already collecting a lot of data but didn’t have many KPIs in place to help them measure productivity and performance. As well as helping them develop and implement an effective new organisational design and improving internal communications, we put management control systems in place so they could monitor the impact of the changes.

June- 17:  In this month’s e-Portrait: This time we’re featuring another article from Jaison Joseph, a Senior Consultant with Renoir India. In it he considers the importance of making clear links internally between production and sales and also taking advantage of external insights to drive continuous improvement in these fast-changing times.

To accompany it, we’ve got a case study about our work with one of our Indian clients – Century Metal Recycling. Theirs is an interesting story of supply and demand, as they depend on scrap metal coming from around the world to produce aluminium and zinc alloys for local automotive companies. To reduce inventory they work on a just-in-time basis, however there were often faced with long waiting times for supplies.
We helped them improve their processes and management control systems and get staff engaged in proactively managing performance. The results included a 40% improvement in shipping compliance and a 26% improvement in alloy production plan compliance.

May- 17: In this month’s e-Portrait: Our article this time is by Angeline Loh, one of our Consultants based in Malaysia. Looking at some of the fundamentals of effective organisational structure and design, this is one for business leaders in all industries.

To go with it, we’ve got another case study about our work with the joint venture working on the Green Line of Qatar’s Doha Metro. We helped PSH improve its planning, supervisory processes and manpower allocation, giving a huge boost to labour efficiency nearly triple the target set, leading to financial benefits of more than QAR 40 million.

April - 17: In this month’s e-Portrait: This month we’re featuring another article from Joseph Wilkinson, one of our Senior Consultants based in Australia. This time he takes a look at the vital importance of production planning and how to check whether your production plan is as effective as it needs to be in today’s competitive business environment.

To accompany it we’re sharing a case study from a recent project for a client in the manufacturing sector. We helped South Africa’s Willard Batteries ramp up their production levels, hitting a 32% increase in daily average production by week 10 of the project. We also helped them boost efficiency in a number of ways, including reducing total rework by 74% by week 18 and improving the accuracy of production planning.

March- 17:  In this month’s e-Portrait: This month’s article is by Joseph Wilkinson, one of our Senior Consultants based in Australia. In it he looks at the psychology behind our drive to avoid loss and outlines practical steps successful businesses take to minimise losses, including hidden ones, and maximise gains.

To accompany it, we’re sharing a case study from our work with Austrian building contractor PORR, focused on increasing productivity in the fabrication of components for the new metro system in Doha, Qatar. We helped them improve the speed and efficiency of the production process and reduce the cost per unit in preparation for a 15% increase in volume.

February- 17: In this month’s e-Portrait: Our article this month comes from one of our project managers for North America, Tom Hryhorysak, who specialises in leading projects for clients in the engineering and manufacturing sectors. In it he analyses why engineering companies often fail to embrace the concept of continuous improvement and how the problem can be addressed.

While the article focuses on issues that commonly face companies in the engineering sector, as always, there are valuable lessons to be learnt whatever industry you’re in.

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