Episode 34 – Andy Dobson


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Topic: In this episode, your hosts, AntlerBoy an JP, start by lamenting the software industry and their almost arrogant – sometimes not almost arrogant – disregard for the customer and the user experience.  Not that software companies will ever change, but rather a resignation that we have to endure.  But the episode gets productive, or rather reproductive, with the introduction of Andy Dobson and his story of how he was a member of a small team at a company called Chartex that introduced the female condom <chuckles>; where they started by making hundreds of samples per day by hand, ramping up to a production capacity or 50-million units per year within 18 months.  The rest of this episode is chock-o-block full of stories of Andy’s adventures and experiences in a variety of business.

Hosts:Joseph Paris, Founder of the OpEx Society & The XONITEK Group of Companies
Benjamin Taylor,  Managing Partner of RedQuadrant.


Guests:
 Andy Dobson

More about Andy on LinkedIn

Company: Lean 4 Business

About Andy:

Andy Dobson has worked in several industry sectors as a change agent with an emphasis on helping organizations work leaner and meaner – but meaner with a level of empathy.  He has driven value to companies like Nokia, Tata Steel, GSK, Baxter, and Lamborghini – before starting his own consultancy practice, Lean 4 Business in 2009 where he works with companies across Europe and beyond in the Operations, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain space delivering game-changing performance increases using Lean, Six-Sigma and Theory of Constraints.  In addition to having been on a small team which brought the Female Condom into volume manufacture in the early 90’s, Andy a passion for helping high-tech, high-value UK Manufacturing and Supply Chains.

Andy graduated from Napier University with a BSc in Technology with Industrial Studies.