A Roadmap for Lean Transformation
The Lean Learning Center can help you with every aspect of your lean transformation from assessments to strategy development to coaching with our Consulting/Advisory services. We believe there is no one recipe for lean and we won’t force fit practices that don’t fit your needs. There is, however, a Roadmap for Lean Transformation – a lay of the land that helps you understand where you are and how best to get where you’re going. The Lean Learning Center will help you develop the right approach using the following implementation practices:
Basic lean tools include:
- 5Ss — organizing a work area to enable easy problem identification
- Visual Management — a simple technique to stabilize and control behaviors
- Standard Work Instructions — an absolute must for continuous improvement
- Waste Elimination — recouping the 2-6 hours of each person’s working day that is wasteful
- Measurements/Scoreboards — a system to tell if you’re winning or losing
- Error Proofing — preventing mistakes or at least minimizing their impact
Don’t be fooled. These may be just basic tools, but when understood completely and applied correctly, the results will be significant. The team from the Lean Learning Center can help you strategize the deployment of these lean basics and guide their implementation.
The literal translation of kaizen is “small improvements everyday” and the approach is simple. Define the problem/opportunity, pick the best cross-functional group of people, and fix the process or problem quickly using lean tools and techniques.
Key kaizen practices and principles include:
- Just do it
- Creativity before capital
- Work on the Gemba (work in the real place, on the real thing, with the real facts)
- Problem-solving tools and structure
- Rapid decision-making
What distinguishes Lean Learning Center Kaizen Workshops from others? First, our passion for understanding your current state via process-mapping. Second, our focus on the ideal state to help you achieve breakthrough results – not just incremental improvement.
This process can be used as a getting-started tool, an input to the annual planning process or a check-up along your lean journey. Both qualitative and quantitative, the assessment covers 13 wide-ranging categories — from material and information flow to problem-solving and employee engagement. A quantitative score helps you measure progress year-over-year, while qualitative feedback includes specific details, information on broad trends and issues as well as suggestions on how you can close the gap to your desired state.
If your organization has articulated its own operating system and principles, the Center can also custom design an assessment tool that provides you feedback incorporating your own language and criteria.
We begin with a map and understanding of your overall system’s current state. Armed with an understanding of how your organization is working at a systems level, we articulate an ideal state of the same process, uncover existing gaps and identify barriers. By prioritizing resources and opportunities, we then help you craft improvement projects that will have the greatest impact on your success.
Value Stream Improvement allows leaders and those working in the process to better understand how their actions affect overall performance and what steps need to be taken to improve. It is a method of gaining high agreement from all involved on the current state, the ideal state and the actions required to close that gap.
Our leadership coaches help you leverage existing skills and build further skills where needed, using many tools that help develop lean leaders through application and reflection. Our Leadership Development Guide helps leverage current work for greater learning and improvement. Our Lean Leadership Framework will help you understand your role and assess your current skills. Our Structured Coaching Conversations allow you to punch through crucial barriers with greater clarity and more effective action. And, our accelerated learning techniques will help you deepen your lean knowledge and become a better coach to your organization.
One thing is common among leaders — they recognize the need for self-improvement in conjunction with organizational improvement. Our experienced leadership coaches will help you accomplish both.
L3 is a place — determined by process, sub-process, or geography — where small groups of people learn, practice and apply the rules, principles and tools of lean at a faster pace, with greater frequency and at less risk than to entire business units. Once the L3 is successful, these small groups become catalysts for broader application throughout a business unit.
While L3 implementation always includes learn, apply, reflect and demonstrate, the content and sequence of the basic training modules are customized for each organization. They are designed to accommodate an organization’s level of lean maturity and its specific strategic/tactical goals.
L3 topics include:
- Waste Walks
- Standardized Work
- Process Mapping
- Control Point Standardization
- Setup Reduction
- Practical Problem Solving
- Preventive Maintenance
- Visual Management
ML3 involves six basic levels of activities applied across 10 sessions. Module topics include:
- Creative Tension (current reality vs. the ideal state)
- Control Point Standardization
- Direct Observation of Work
- 5 Whys Problem-Solving
- Scientific Method A3s
- Visible PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act)
- Lean Coaching
Training is provided by a Lean Learning Center coach, who comes on-site for each session, which are typically 3-6 weeks apart. The skills are applied through a method of Learn — Apply — Reflect, which ensures internalization and sustainability of the practice.
Our lean coach can either be a project leader or can co-lead with your internal personnel. In either case, he will expertly guide your project teams through each step of our 9-Step Demonstration Project process, helping you build skill, change the culture and achieve big gains.
All of these variables require experience in a wide range of industries and in varying business conditions. They also require the insight it takes to design and deliver an efficient and effective customized training and development program. Beyond our vast experience in many industries, what differentiates the Lean Learning Center is our one single mission – We will transfer our skills and knowledge to you and work ourselves toward disengagement.”