During the normal course of business there comes a time when it makes sense to expand your footprint in the marketplace; or perhaps consolidate facilities that are closely located to better serve customers or take advantage of economies of scale. Or maybe a relocation to gain efficiencies. Regardless of the reasons, business leaders periodically are faced with the complicated task of moving their team to a new facility.
I have been asked by clients in the past: How is it that companies constantly create waste without realizing it? I think of this precise scenario when I try to answer this question. As organizations expand and grow, it is very common for these initiatives to happen without taking a closer look at the effects of such significant changes. read more
One of the things I appreciate about Lean is that many of the tools are very simple and practical. Thinking about it, putting them to practice can happen in a matter of hours. All it should take is understanding and the decision to actually take action. Of course, once application of the tools begins other challenges arise such as overcoming resistance and sustainment of the improvements.
Leadership is paramount and clear direction for improvement is necessary. There are other Lean tools that provide for this, such as: Value Stream Mapping, Policy Deployment, among others.
For the time being, let’s focus on tools that are simple, actionable and can get you significant wins: