Establishing a Lean approach demands a lot from management and employees. To lead correctly and to maintain the right tempo and levels of energy in the improvement work, bringing in experienced support is an effective way to go. We can support you in many ways. The most effective support in your case depends on your present state and your ambitions.
A Lean assessment involves an overall analysis of your operation from a Lean perspective. An analysis of this kind is useful to quickly provide an objective estimation of how far you have progressed on your Lean journey, as well as to give new energy and ideas to the improvement work.
We normally carry out this analysis over one to two days depending on the size of the operation. A presentation will then be made to highlight strengths and suggest areas on which to focus in your continued improvement work. Please contact us to discuss how this could be done in your operation!
An operation analysis involves a thorough analysis of an entire operation, or e.g. a flow of your choice. The analysis is based on data, interviews with leaders and employees, analysis of ongoing work, etc. The results of the analysis cover:
• Concrete improvement proposals to attain desired goals, given the operation’s conditions
• A quantified estimation of improvement potential
• An action plan stating estimated time and the necessary sequence of activities
• An estimation of what resources are required to implement the action plan
These deliverables make up a good basis for decision and budgeting. Required time to conduct an operation analysis depends upon the scope and complexity of the operation. Please contact us to discuss what would be required in your case!
When needed, we offer support to implement the action plan from the operation analysis. This is a way to help you successfully realize the improvement potential. A Lean transformation challenges the entire organization, and in most cases, it is valuable to add external experience, knowledge, and energy to attain the goals.
Based on our many years of experience from support to transformation projects, we can contribute with change management, solid Lean knowledge, training of leaders and employees, etc. to attain your goals.
What form this support will take varies from case to case. However, it is important to point out that the driving force behind any change must come through your leadership. In some cases, we would offer support through individual training sessions, while in other cases more continuous support is required.
Standardization means a description of the currently best known and agreed-upon way of doing things. This means that where standardized ways of working are applied, the same kind of work is always carried out in the same way. This will, in turn, have great impact on quality and efficiency.
Standardizing agreements in organizational interfaces is another important part of standardization that will improve efficiency. When connections between the organization’s various parts are standardized, it will be clear to all parties what is expected. This is an effective way of reducing waste.
We can support you in identifying need for standardization as well as in creating standards for workplaces, processes, and flows. The support is given as a mix of theory and practice.
Designing an effective layout is about finding solutions to attain a short and visual flow with short lead time, a minimum of materials handling, and efficient communication along the flow.
The right layout can avoid a lot of waste. Focus on flow and value-adding activities will enable you to make better use of all the small improvements and, as a result, contribute to a more productive operation with the right flexibility.
We can support you in designing effective layouts based on your conditions. The operation’s own knowledge about its products and processes is an important starting point. Based on this knowledge, the Lean principles are used in a clear and structured way to form an ideal flow that, as a next step, is adapted to planned changes and other limitations.
Flow improvement involves concrete improvement activities in one of your flows. This support will enable you to attain goals linked to, for example, lead time, tied up capital, delivery reliability, capacity, productivity, etc.
Flow improvement is carried out over a number of workshops, and the participants will get tasks to complete between the sessions. In this way the flow will be improved step by step along the way. At each workshop we will follow up and provide knowledge through theory, practical exercises, and discussions. The knowledge provided will cover leveling, balancing, takt, standardization, buffer dimensioning, pull system, etc.
The magnitude of this flow improvement support depends on the size and complexity of the flow. Please contact us to discuss what would be required in your case!
The Buckingham Lean game is a full day simulation game aimed at management teams as well as employees. The game simulates an operation to provide understanding of how an operation is affected by a functional setup versus a flow setup.
The starting point is a functional setup with a number of functions working more or less independently. During a few game rounds, participants get to improve the operation step by step, guided by the Lean principles. Improvements are made in small and controlled steps to enable understanding of the effect of each improvement. Practical game rounds are interspersed with theory, tasks, and discussions to promote understanding.
The Lean Flow game is a full day simulation game aimed at management teams as well as employees. The game simulates an operation to provide understanding of what characterizes an efficient flow as well as how the Lean principles can guide flow improvements.
The starting point is a flow-oriented operation needing improvement. The products to be produced in the flow have large differences in work content, which makes the simulation more realistic. During a few game rounds, participants get to improve the flow step by step, guided by the Lean principles and clear goals. Improvements are made in small and controlled steps to enable understanding of the effect of each improvement. Practical game rounds are interspersed with theory, tasks, and discussions to promote understanding.
The Lean Project game is a full day simulation game aimed at management teams as well as employees. The game provides understanding of how to create efficient flows in projects. Participants will experience what standardization, leveling, takt, and frequent follow-ups mean in a project environment. They will also learn what effects it may bring.
The game simulates the development of a product, which is divided into sub-systems. During a few game rounds, participants get to improve the project flow in small and controlled steps to enable understanding of the effect of each improvement. Practical game rounds are interspersed with theory, tasks, and discussions to promote understanding.
Do you have other needs for business improvement than what is described here? Please contact us for a discussion!