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Get the help you want to make the improvements you need

Lean Business Coaching & Consulting

Improvement Direct helps you:

Identify and focus on your priorities for improvement: Make the right choices toward maximum gains. Amplify your improvement efforts through agile group engagement methods. Get results through Lean Management: Better delivery of services and products, a safer & healthier work-place, a happier motivated Team, improving planet footprint and sustained profits & growth

We offer valuable support to do this…. just enough of the right stuff... because it’s so essential that you control the Lean implementation process and fully own the learning, the methods and the outcomes.

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About Improvement Direct

Peter Maunder, Managing Director of Improvement Direct

Improvement Direct continues to develop and refine Lean Training and Consulting plans to support customers and draws on 20 years of business continuity in the challenging New Zealand Lean market. General Manager Peter Maunder will be your trainer and consultant. His most relevant training and experience comes from 15 years with Toyota. Through this time, Peter worked in Production, Quality Assurance and Education & Training applying, and fully understanding the Toyota Production System.

Peter facilitated TPS training modules for Toyota including introduction of TPS / Lean to local supply-chain vendor companies and the pilot program to the Toyota Dealer Network. Peter also facilitated Lean / TPS seminars to Engineering & Business Studies classes at Auckland, Waikato and Massey Universities.


Further experience includes 4 and a 1/2 years with Fisher & Paykel as Training Manager overseeing the development of in-house Organisational Learning methods and facilitating Lean Training programs. Further experience was gained through Business Studies training at Massey University gaining a Diploma in Business Studies Endorsed in training design and organisational learning. Since then Peter has consulted in Lean Implementation to more than 50 companies while owning and managing Improvement Direct Ltd. The latest learning / research topics for Improvement Direct include blending agile - scrum and rapid design principles into project management and task management methods with client companies.

How Dominion Salt achieved 20% productivity Gains and annual savings of 200k!

… Increasing demand and the need to improve delivery In-full to the final customer prompted a focus on production out-put.

As part of the Improvement Directs Worxsmart Lean Program, we had been introduced to Process Mapping and Project Excellence training and skills so we initiated a  cross-functional group to target improved performance from the Salt Refinery Plant :

Through the process mapping we identified 45 significant opportunities for improvement and then used our Project Excellence tools to help us target, and prioritize…

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What Clients Say About Us


Thanks for your help over the last six months we have achieved, among other things:

A 30% reduction in set up times, A 50% reduction in assembly times,

A significantly improved meeting structure.

The improvement in communication throughout the company has been amazing...

Kevin Flint
Operations Manager Oasis Engineering Ltd


Let’s Engage

Mobile: 0274913327   /     Email: peter@idirect.co.nz 

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