Client Results

People first
Tegel Foods


Together with Tegel, we designed and delivered an improvement journey to make people’s lives easier within the organisation. The term “Simplify” was born, with the focus on people first, confident in the knowledge that significant business benefits would follow.

This video explains our approach with Tegel:
The problem

When we first met with Tegel Foods, they were hesitant to recruit outside consultants into their operations again. Lean Manufacturing had been attempted in the past as a way to improve shop floor operations, but the changes only resulted in pockets of improvement and multiple sites operated in different ways. Before we commenced, people spoke of previous consultants being very “top down” and “telling people what to do.”

The Solution

Together with Tegel, we discussed the importance of this new improvement journey being a different experience for everyone across the organisation, one which would make people’s lives easier and simpler and would also have a benefit to key business metrics.

The term “Simplify” was born, starting with people benefit first with the knowledge and confidence that a by-product would be a significant business benefit.

During our activities across multiple sites, employee engagement soared, quality and health and safety improved significantly, and the bottom-line financial benefits were many multiples of the cost.

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Complete the questions below to test your data maturity.

Over the next two years, which three of the 14 key performance indicators do you most want to improve on as a business?

Make a note of these before you carry on reading.

The key 14 performance indicator categories:


  • Asset & equipment efficiency
  • Inventory efficiency
  • Materials efficiency
  • Utilities efficiency
  • Workforce efficiency


  • Planning & scheduling effectiveness
  • Production flexibility
  • Workforce flexibility


  • Time to market
  • Time to delivery


  • Product quality
  • Process quality
  • Safety
  • Security

Now ask yourself – what is your current performance against these three KPIs? Can you tell me how you performed in the last hour, yesterday or last week?

If you can’t answer this question for all three because you aren’t measuring the data, then the next step is clear. Figure out what data you need to enable you to measure it, and decide how you are going to collect that data.

If you can answer it historically; last week or last month – ask yourself, is this retrospective view sufficient for me to really make improvements?

If you can answer it for all three up to the minute, then it is quite possible that shopfloor intelligence isn’t a number one priority for you. Look out for parts 2 and 3 of this blog series for some more insights into how you can make the data work for you.