Start with the Design Sprint
We start our collaboration with a Future State Design Sprint. During this ‘Sprint’, we analyze your current state, determine your future state and develop your future state design. Learn more on the Future State Design Sprint via the button below.
The background of 'change'
Any business process starts with an objective and ends with an achievement of the goal. A constraint is a factor that hinders achievement of such goals. The idea is to identify the goals of the organization, identify the factors that hinder the achievement of those goals, and then improve the business operations by continuously striving to eliminate the limiting factors. Together with your team, we create a Goal Tree. This provides the roadmap of what your business needs to pursue – a specific strategic target and a set of critical success factors that are necessary to achieve the Goal.
The implementation of 'change'
Our Implementation Plan includes three stages: “Achieve Stability”, “Achieve Capability”, and “Achieve a Continuous Improvement Culture”.
Stage 1: Achieve Stability
Creating continuous flow
The main focus of Stage 1 is to make operations stable and predictable. This is done by synchronization of the flow, where push production is switched to pull production and all departments are aligned to a single priority system. When you stop multiple resources from overproducing and create continuous flow, it frees up hidden capacity and accelerates the completion of the products that are in process.
This process reduces work-in-process inventory and, in return, reduces the production lead-time and frees up valuable cash. One key concept that is implemented during Stage 1 is the concept of “Full Kit”, where materials, tooling, supplies, and information are prepped and ready in order to release work to the next step in production.
Goal: Creating stability in operations in approximately 3 months
Stage 2: Achieve Capability
Meeting customer’s expectations
Once the production flow is stable (or predictable), we focus on meeting customer’s expectations, or delivering products and services within the customer tolerance time.
Total employee involvement
In order to achieve that, we encourage total employee involvement, where employees are cross trained to assist in areas when production bottlenecks are blocking the flow of work. This ensures production improvement and lead-time reduction. The other thing we do on this stage is better organizing the employees work in general. That includes using visual management techniques that visually help them understand where the process stands.
Goal: Creating capability through employee involvement in approximately 3 months.
Stage 3: Continous Improvement
Key Performance Indicators
On the last stage, we implement teams with actions that continuously improve the overall business performance, as determined by the Key Performance Indicators. It becomes possible because the production flow, at this point, is stable and capable.
Increase production volume (without adding costs)
Also, by limiting the release of work based on the capacity of the system, some employees have more time to focus on improvement of the business performance. As more and more employees became more capable and proficient in applying their skills in several areas, we can steadily increase the volume production, without increasing headcount and additional operating expense.
Goal: Focus on how to keep your business stable and capable on the long term (after the implementation). This takes approximately 4 months.
We work together
All together we can state that the implementation phase is a 10-month-program.
However, it clearly depends on your company’s challenges and the lead-time cycle.
A multi-disciplinary team
To carry out an all-encompassing approach, our experts are not only experienced in developing corporate strategy, but also in change management, operations management and on-site coaching. We are not consultants, but engineers, designers and implementors of improvement.
Let us be your guide
You have the option to implement the Future State Design yourself. However; we strongly advise you to let us help you implement all required elements and guide you in the process of change. Please contact us below in case you have any remaining questions or prefer to speak to Max personally.