Improvement events or kaizen events and blitzes as they are often referred to mark great opportunities for a business to drive regular incremental results time and time again. Lean Strategies International LLC offers each of the events below for facilitation, coaching and consultation.
Value Stream Mapping
Value stream mapping can help an organization rapidly remove inefficiencies from a process and establish solutions that drastically transform the processes performance. If you have a process that is inefficient, produces a high amount of variation or just makes you cringe every time you hear about it, we can help you fix it.
Cycle time reduction
Cycle time reductions are most often related to speed. But waste is not the only constraint you are dealing with a deeper dive into the balance of the process and how it's being monitored is often necessary. These activities can sometimes be tricky. By using an established method and being able to repeat that method on many other processes reductions become much simpler. Our approach to cycle time reductions can support your needs at any rate.
With the ever increasing global economy supply chains now depend on product and materials just-in-time. Knowing when, where and how much of each item you need can be tough to track. By implementing replenishment systems and utilizing such tools as kanban an organization can make these seemingly tough activities much easier.
If re-work, workarounds and building quick fixes sounds familiar to you than error proofing your process is what you need. Finding and discovering real root causes and knowing what point in the product or service's life cycle can help you establish solutions that remove failures, defects and errors and reduce time spent on non-value activities allowing individuals focus on designing and creating value for each customer in the value stream.
Often times products and even transactional activities are batched with the thought that it cuts down on time or to absorb costs. But actually creating a flexible work environment by reducing changeover and setup times can put value in the customer's hands quicker ultimately establishing quicker returns on investment and utilizing resources to their full potential.
Purchasing tools you thought you had and spending hours looking for the right pieces of equipment while product waits in queue is one type of waste that often goes unseen. By establishing a system of organization that you can visually manage like 5S not only increases throughput but reduces costs, makes the workplace safer and establishes a mindset of always improving in employees.