Richard Sharpe

Senior Consultant


Richard has over 33 years of Management and Continuous Improvement experience. He has worked across a broad range of sectors including 7 years with SCA Hygiene. This has provided Richard with a strong background in MRP systems, business improvement, change management and quality assurance systems. His continuous improvement experience to date has proven time and again that driving positive, sustainable change can only be achieved by engaging the team – which is a fundamental driver of LMAC’s success. Richard has a practical approach to the improvement journey which supports his ability to develop teams and individuals at all levels within a business to drive sustainable improvements. He firmly believes that harnessing the knowledge and experience of all team members, is the only true way to maximise the results of any improvement journey.
• Aerospace
• General Manufacturing
• Engineering
• Packaging
• Change Management
• Quality Assurance
• Visual control & Visual factory
• Stock Control
• Problem solving
• Data Analysis
• A3 reporting
• Management
• Lean tools implementation
• Coaching and mentoring
• Focused Improvement Team facilitation
• Training/Workshop delivery

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.