Using a SWOT analysis when planning a lean process improvement project has multiple benefits. This method provides structure and simplicity to an individual or team and enables them to work collaboratively to generate new ideas and work strategies.
A SWOT analysis requires all participants to evaluate all relevant factors affecting a project before making a final decision, resulting in a more thorough and complete solution. Contributors gather data and supporting evidence ahead of the SWOT discussion, ensuring that decisions are based on fact rather than individual perspectives and opinions.
The SWOT analysis is valuable in any organization, as it allows participants to reach a consensus. In keeping with lean principles, a SWOT analysis establishes high agreement on the way forward among team members.