Lean Business Optimization
Those familiar with Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen and other associated methodologies are well aware of their potential to improve the effectiveness of operations and overall business performance. These techniques not only reduce process variation, improve overall product quality, and lower operating costs, but also positively impact the implementation of systems and productivity improvement initiatives that ultimately fuel profitable growth strategies.
While prevalent in manufacturing environments, where reductions in process variability and improvements in overall equipment effectiveness represent key competitive advantages, Lean process techniques are now being adopted by companies in a variety of different industries. Most companies thrive on continuous improvement implementations and yield significant benefits in the form of performance consistency and enhanced bottom-line. However, others who implement similar methodologies sometimes do not achieve sufficient return on their investment.
Why do most of the Lean methodology failures occur? The primary reason is usually an overall lack of experience with Lean tools and an inadequate level of Lean talent resources applied to the project. The other main reason is that, despite management's best intentions, there is a failure to create a strong foundation of Lean culture in an organization which ultimately affects the long term stability and sustainability of the projects.
Many consultants can provide generic training for client organizations in the concepts and basics of Lean business methodologies. However, in today's competitive, fast-moving business environments, a one-size-fits-all approach that just scratches the surface of what is required to implement a Lean culture is unlikely to yield the desired next level of responsiveness and agility, and is equally unlikely to achieve a sustainable result.
The Westport Business Solutions approach to Lean is different and pragmatic. Our professionals are experienced and possess a broad spectrum of business skills including successful Lean implementations in a variety of industry segments. Collectively, they have the talent to provide your business with a holistic and sustainable solution for your Lean implementations. Each business has its own unique improvement opportunities and ultimately, requires a unique solution.
We analyze the organization’s existing Lean talent and continuous improvement culture in the context of the company’s process technology, available resources, competitive environment and its own unique challenges. The solutions we develop will complement your existing in-house resources and skill sets, bridge any gaps and shortfalls that may exist and provide the Lean leadership to ensure successful implementation.
This is Lean Business Optimization implemented in the optimal manner. We provide clients with a detailed map and vision for a future state embracing Lean process activity and culture, identifying interim short-term improvement opportunities, and a strategic plan for value creation based upon sustainable Lean methodology. We are passionate about helping you make informed decisions and implementing the right solutions at a sustainable rate that will improve quality, productivity, customer satisfaction, and tangible economic returns.
Contact us to learn more about Lean processes and how this approach can realize opportunities for your business.
Lean Business Optimization, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Practice Leader - Nevil Ede