If you are managing a factory, a technology center, a service organization, or a functional improvement team, and you are facing excessive defects, delays, costs, then the following tools will help you to turn scorecard-indicators from red to green. Tools for Operations Improvement … [Read more...] about Operational Excellence Toolbox: 4 Free Resources to Close Gaps, Boost Results
Only 30% Initiatives Succeed, 70% Fail: Most organizational change efforts cost more and take longer than leaders and managers anticipate; two of three transformations fail. On average, 50% of strategy executions, 70% organizational changes, 80% New Year’s resolutions, and 85% digital … [Read more...] about Change Management: The 7 Success Factors and 7 Failure Reasons
Why do problems repeat? Because we haven't eliminated their causes! And to understand those causes, we need more than the 5-why analysis; we need logic-trees! The following video introduces the theory and provides practical examples. It gives you a "jump start" into the world of expert problem … [Read more...] about Root Cause Analysis: Using Logic Trees to Solve Critical and Complex Problems
In times of e-workflow, real-time information, remote teams, and AI-supported decision-making, do we still need to go to the floor to see what is happening? At a recent plant visit, the operation manager proudly told me: “We have full transparency here. I can see everything from my computer. There … [Read more...] about Gemba Walk in the Smart Factory: Is Go-to-Floor Still Required?
Starting is Easy... Initiating an improvement program seems straightforward, just define the problem, create a plan, assign people, set dates, and watch the metrics move. Easy or not really? You might have seen (or done) this before: A program is kicked-off and communicated top-down with high … [Read more...] about Lean Transformation: 3 Steps to Get Everyone Involved
+25% Output, -50% Losses, at 44% Absenteeism: Despite the global pandemic and mandatory lockdown, the French operations team harnessed scarce resources and delivered breakthrough results. Applying out-of-the-box thinking, while exploiting newly developed Lean capabilities increased output by … [Read more...] about Covid-19 Lean Thinking, Radically Changes Way of Working
Over 30 managers joined the summit in Copenhagen to systematically improve performance and sustainability of Trioplast's production of industrial, hygiene, stretch film, and carrier bags. During four breakout sessions, focus teams identified failure modes of known issues and key levers to raise … [Read more...] about World Class Manufacturing Summit: Cut Plastic Waste
Factory Maturity Assessment (FMA) for a major Korean Automotive supplier to baseline the current state and develop the transformation roadmap to become a Digital Factory end-to-end. The onsite assessment “Fresh Eyes Review” served a dual purpose: benchmarking the operation, while laying … [Read more...] about The Digital Factory: Drafting Roadmap for Korean Plant