Following the popularity of our Lean for Small and Medium Sized Enterprise workshops around Australia, three new workshops have been confirmed. The new workshops are:


  • Monday 7 May, Melbourne – Hume Global Learning Centre, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows, VIC, 3047. 8.30am to 4.00pm


  • Tuesday 29 May, Canberra – AI Group Canberra Office, AMA House, 42 Macquarie Street, Barton, ACT, 2600. 8.30am to 4.00pm


  • Tuesday 12 June, Brisbane – Deloitte Brisbane, Level 23, Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000. 8.30am to 4.00pm


The workshop is aimed specifically at owners and senior managers at small and medium sized manufacturing operations.
The workshop is based on my book, “Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits” It will give you a practical start point for your business’ lean transformation and features:
  • Why SMEs fail to grow profitably and how Lean can help.
  • The core elements of lean thinking and how they apply in smaller businesses.
  • How Lean concepts work in practice through the world famous “Paper Airplane Simulation” – a practical way to understand and apply core lean concepts such as pull, flow and level production.
  • The eight critical success factors for implementing Lean in an SME.


During the day you will be coached to develop a simple A3 Lean action plan for your business, so that you can get started right away on your Lean journey.
Note that these FREE workshops so far have booked out, so make sure you register early to reserve your place.

To sign up for the Lean for SME Workshops Click This Link


Australia’s Collins Class Submarine Fleet are Maintained at the ASC Facility in Perth

Coming right after the success of February’s Best Practice Network National Summit, the network goes from strength to strength, and is hosting three fantastic events next month. Best Practice Network Members will not want to miss these rare opportunities to visit these high-profile and world-class companies, with the events running in three states:

Western Australia

ASC Pty Ltd (formerly Australian Submarine Corporation), Henderson

  • Site Visit: ‘Project Management Maintenance Strategies’
  • Wed 11 April 2018, 8:30am-12:30pm
  • ASC is Australia’s largest specialised defence shipbuilding organisation. During the visit you will learn how ASC baselined their performance and designed a major facility upgrade, how ASC drove process change around the newly upgraded facility, and see how ASC applies lean six sigma improvements.
  • See flyer for all booking information.


New South Wales

Street Furniture, Regents Park

  • Workshop: ‘Value Stream Mapping – Two Day Exercise’
  • 11 & 12 April 2018
  • Value Stream Mapping is not just limited to manufacturing processes – it is used extensively in areas such as Supply Chain, Engineering, HR, and Finance. If you are looking for a breakthrough with your CI efforts, don’t miss this practical workshop at Street Furniture with Anthony Clyne from TXM. Anthony is one of Australia’s most experienced lean practitioners.
  • See flyer for all booking information



Note Printing Australia, Craigieburn

  • Site Visit: ‘Advanced Quality Systems’
  • Thurs 19 April 2018, 8:30am-12:30pm
  • Governments of many countries place their trust in the work of the Note Printing Australia team, for their banknotes and passport production. David Garvie, Head of Quality, will lead you through their systems and culture, and you will see the presses in action.
  • See flyer for all booking information


Non-Best Practice Network members can register their interest to attend, with an additional payment fee required – see the flyers for all information.

Lyon, France. Soon to be the Home of TXM’s latest international office.

TXM’s global growth continues. TXM is currently recruiting a consultant to lead our new office in Lyon, France. TXM has already established strong relationships with iconic French global corporations as well as with small and medium sized manufacturers in south eastern France and southern Switzerland. We are now looking to engage a local consultant, fluent in French and English to support this growing client base.

Our French operation follows our successful introduction in to the UK market, where we now have three full time consultants and over 30 customers.

We continue to explore new opportunities across Europe and in North America. With offices across four continents and projects in over 15 countries, TXM is Australia’s first Global Lean Consulting company over to offer companies global Lean solutions.

Best practice network summit
Participants at the 2017 Best Practice Network National Summit in Blacktown, NSW

Best Practice Network has a huge couple of months with two international speakers and major events around the country.

Leading international Lean speaker, Drew Locher will be headlining the 2018 Best Practice Network Summit and running interactive workshops on the Sunshine Coast, Sydney and Melbourne.

Lean accounting expert, Nick Katko, has joined the summit and will be running a Lean Accounting workshop on the Sunshine Coast.

The full range of events includes

Surf Air Beach Hotel, Marcoola, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

22 February

Regular Best Practice Network Events

As well regular Best Practice Events in February and March include:

So there is lots to choose from. Best Practice Network Members and TXM customers also enjoy fee attendance or substantial discounts at all events.

Tim McLean presenting his “Lean for SME” workshop in the USA in 2015

The AusIndustry Entrepreneur’s Programme has engaged TXM to run a free Lean workshop series around Australia aimed at small and medium sized enterprise. TXM Managing Director, Tim McLean, will present the workshops. Tim is an internationally recognised expert on the implementation of Lean in small and medium sized enterprises. Tim’s book, “Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises” has sold globally and was recently published in a Chinese edition. The workshop is based on the book.

The one day free lean workshop is designed to get smaller businesses started on their Lean journey and will cover:

  • Why achieving profitable growth is such a challenge for small and medium sized businesses.
  • Core Lean Manufacturing principles that will help you see opportunity in your business.
  • How to apply Lean through a simple, practical, hands-on simulation.
  • Why a “big company solution” like Lean works so effectively in small businesses.
  • The steps to successful Lean implementation in small and medium businesses.
  • How to unlock your business’ growth potential.

Past workshop attendees have given some great feedback, including:

  • “Very good course, and make you look at every thing you are doing and question could it be done better with less waste”
  • “The course was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t yet been an a course like this”
  • “Course material provided some light bulb moments, very helpful in making a SME take the next step.”
  • “Brilliant up to date content that is useful straightaway. It is not all theory it is practical stuff demonstrated well.”

Confirmed workshop dates are:

  • Newcastle, NSW – 15 February.
  • Sale, Vic – 27 February.
  • Altona, Vic – 8 March.
  • Narre Warren, Vic – 20 March.
  • Wantirna South, Vic – 11 April.
  • Perth, WA – 17 April.
  • Epping, Vic – 18 April.
  • Canberra, ACT – 24 May

As well workshops are planned for Brisbane, Regional South Australia and Melbourne’s inner north.

To Sign Up for These Free Lean Workshops Please Click on This Link

The new TXM website takes off in December 2017

In December TXM launched a brand new website to reflect our growing and diversifying global business. The new features a more modern and user friendly layout including a “mega menu” that will enable you to quickly find what you need across the whole website.

As TXM becomes a global company, it was important to locate our web content on the .com domain so that our clients in the 15+ countries in which we currently do business can access content that is relevant to them.

Our site is a popular lean resource used by thousands of Lean practitioners around the world and the Learn about Lean section brings all our lean resources including blogs, videos and articles together along with a useful glossary of Lean terms and informative articles about key Lean Methodologies.

For those interested in finding how Lean applies to their industry, the For Your Industry section provides information and links to a wealth of information and case studies about implementing Lean in the wide range of industries in which TXM works. Of course you will find information and case studies about applying Lean in almost every kind of manufacturing imaginable. But in addition you will learn how we implement Lean in industries as diverse as Resources, Supply Chain and Distribution, Industrial Services and Food and Agriculture as well as we help Private Equity companies get the best performance out of their investments. We have also introduced a special section dedicated to sharing our world leading expertise in deploying Lean in Small and Medium Sized Enterprise.

Finally if you are interest to learn more about TXM and how we do things, the Lean Solutions and About Us sections will provide you everything you need to know and access to our popular on-line store.

A year in the making, we think the new is a big step forward for TXM and for furthering the cause of Lean Thinking on-line. We hope you will agree.

Drew Locher
Drew Locher

Respected international Lean expert, Drew Locher will be the keynote speaker at the Best Practice Network 2018 Operational Excellence Summit on February 23rd, 2018 at the Surf Air Beach Hotel the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Drew is the author of three highly regarded books on Lean and the winner of multiple  Shingo Awards. Drew will open the conference with a keynote presentation on Lean leadership. Drew will also be running a series of full day workshops around the country. Following Michael Bremer’s sold out workshop tour of Australia, we expect the summit and Drew’s workshops to be extremely popular, so make sure you sign up early.

As well as Drew, the Operational Excellence features a wide range of highly respected Lean Practitioners and Operational Leaders including:

  • Doug Rickarby – former Operations Manager of Toyota Australia,
  • Paul Schema – CEO, First Contact
  • David Greves – CEO, Darwalla Group
  • Stuart Anderson -Regional Vice President Supply Asia Pacific, AstraZeneca
  • Madhawa Attapatu – CEO, Fashion Garments, Vietnam
  • Kim Gallant – Continuous Improvement Manager, Airbus
  • David King – Dulux Operations Manager, Dulux Group
  • Anthony Wensley – Operations Manager, Laminex, Gympie

The day will also include networking sessions that provide an excellent opportunity to share experiences and learn from Operations professionals in some of the most respected manufacturing businesses in Australia.

Download the Operational Excellence Summit Flyer Here

AME Boston 2017 Lego sim
Participants at AME Boston Concentrating Intently on the Lean Supply Chain Lego Simulation

TXM Managing Director, Tim McLean and Queensland Best Practice Network Director, Kevin Bennett had an enjoyable day on Monday 9 October running our new Lean Supply Chain Simulation at the AME 2017 Conference in Boston.

The simulation uses a simple Lego manufacturing process to demonstrate the challenges of managing an extended supply chain. It shows how using Lean approaches can dramatically improve supply chain performance.

Participants at the Boston workshop came from a wide range of manufacturing industries including food, household appliances and medical devices. All agreed that the workshop realistically simulated what happens in a typical supply chain.

Participants had highly positive feedback, with the quote of the day being from a Sales and Operations Planning Manager from a major US company admitting:
” You have blown my mind. I have spent my whole career believing that the MRPII/Class A approach was the only effective way to run an international supply chain. Now [after the workshop] I am reassessing my whole thinking”

Members of the Best Practice Network will get the opportunity to participate in this fascinating simulation at workshops around Australia as 2018. As well, Tim plans to present the workshop to customers in the UK early in the New Year.

Tim said, “Developing the lean supply chain Lego simulation has been a huge amount of work. However the Boston workshop shows that we now have a unique world class simulation that effectively highlights the challenges of extended international supply chains”. Tim went on to say, “Developing the workshop would not have been possible without Best Practice Network. Kevin and (Victorian facilitator) Neil Hooke offered tremendous insights and expertise and Best Practice Network members, especially Leica Biosystems, Denso, Sequirus and  Toyota were generous in their willingness to participate in the trial runs of the simulation and to provide practical constructive feedback.”

Learn More about Lean Supply Chain in Tim McLean’s Book “On Time In Full”

TXM is looking forward to participating once again in the next AME USA Conference to be held in San Diego in October 2018.

Michael Bremer Image
Michael Bremer

TXM and Best Practice Network are excited to host Michael Bremer, the Author of “How to Do a Gemba Walk” for a series of workshops around Australia in November.

At the recent AME International Conference in Boston, I was privileged to meet and spend time with Michael. He is highly respected and brings a practical down to earth approach to developing the skills of a Lean Leader. In today’s competitive and changing world, we all need to find ways to engage every person at every level in our organisations. We can no longer afford the “eighth waste” of under-utilised skills and knowledge. Michael’s Gemba walk approach provides you with practical tools to improve the way you communicate with your people  and to unlock their potential.

We are also particularly pleased that some of Australia’s best manufacturing companies have volunteered to host Michael’s Workshops. The workshops will be in:

Register now to secure your place.

All attendees will receive a free copy of Michael’s book “How to Do a Gemba Walk”.

Substantial discounts are available for TXM Customers and Best Practice Network members.

Tim McLean's book, On Time In Full, has provided the inspiration for his articles in US magazines Industry Week and Target
Tim McLean’s book, On Time In Full, has provided the inspiration for his articles in US magazines Industry Week and Target

TXM have provided articles for industry magazines for years, with our content regularly appearing in Australian Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturers Monthly and a number of other trade journals. It was a bit special though to get two of our articles accepted by major US manufacturing industry on-line magazines, Industry Week and the Target, the magazine of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence in the last month.

Both articles focus on lean supply chain topics, which will be the focus of TXM Director, Tim McLean’s workshop at the AME Conference in Boston next month and an increasing concern of TXM customers.

Over the past 15 years there has been a massive wave of outsourcing making supply chains longer and more complex. The implications and costs of these outsourcing decisions is only recently being realised by many businesses. The result is often high levels of inventory and poor on time and in full delivery.

In our first Industry Week article, Tim McLean provides an overview of the key factors that prevent your business achieving on time in full delivery and how you can use Lean approaches to change these factors. This article focuses on the benefits of a good sales and operations planning process to balance supply and demand along with effective product management to keep your product range under control.

Read Achieve Perfect Delivery with a Lean Supply Chain from Industry Week

The Target article zeroes in supply chain software and why it is not the solution to poor on time in full delivery performance. The article discusses what is really driving your delivery problems and suggests where you need to focus to improve on time in full delivery. It also provides some simple suggestions about the best way to use your ERP software and other supply chain software tools.

Read Why Software is NOT the Solution to Your On Time In Full Delivery Problem from Target On Line

If you want to learn more about how to improve your on time delivery performance, get a copy of Tim McLean’s book, On Time In Full from our E-Store