Consultancy and implementation
At the beginning of each engagement, it is essential to experience and to understand the client’s unique situation. We achieve this by working closely with managers and other staff to ensure the necessary transparency. We then prioritize and begin to implement our concept. Throughout the entire consultancy, we stress the importance of practical implementation and customer value. We share our expertise and years of experience, guided by the principle that we show you how to do it; we work with you; and then you take it forward.
Sustainable cost reduction
Unfortunately, many managers see no other way to reduce costs and improve results. Consequently, production is often moved to low-wage countries. To add value under high wage conditions, a company needs to apply expert knowledge throughout the value chain with a strong focus on increasing productivity, also in non-production areas. Particularly important issues in this context include:
- Developing a continuous improvement culture (organizational development)
- Improving the productivity of labor, capital equipment, materials and energy
- Improving quality
- Reducing cycle time
- Reducing “total costs”
One of the strengths of Lean Competence Partners is our ability to identify practical solutions that include the subsequent development of feasible implementation plans. In the implementation phase, the objective is to introduce our clients’ managers and staff to Lean methods and to develop appropriate, consistent behaviors at all levels. Our experience has taught us that sustainable continuous optimization of the value chain is more likely to succeed when all levels of management and employees are involved. A strong collaboration with our client teams, based on unequivocal trust and respect, will facilitate this process. Please contact us for further information.
Showing up for working is not enough!
Lean Competence Partners works with people to develop their skills for systematic continuous improvement, thus enabling them to keep adding value in their work. This improvement in personnel is the only way to secure jobs in high wage economies. We accomplish this step-by-step, teaching our clients to identify and remove waste, that is, working to add value as opposed to working harder.
Laying the groundwork with structured analysis of potential improvements
To augment value-added work, we focus on reducing or even eliminating unnecessary work for which customers are not willing to pay. Accordingly, holis
tic and low-cost intelligent improvements in all areas of the value chain can be implemented and achieved. The aim is smart work, not hard work, but it can be a bumpy road. Employees at all levels of an organization who engage Lean methods, however, can experience high levels of satisfaction, because they can play an active part in bringing about positive change.
Using a systematic approach, our Company Potential Analysis encourages employees and managers to take an active part, working together with Lean Competence Partners experts in a core team. For one factory or a company with up to 200 employees, we normally require a week to analyze the potential to be able to identify the main areas of focus, to estimate approximate savings potential, and to prioritize various aspects in the change process.
KAIZEN Weeks – Team projects for continuous improvement
To kick-start work improvement with employees, we recommend moderated workshops with up to seven participants. Our experts teach the essential Lean Tools and methods in these workshops and apply them directly to concrete problems. Participants include production workers, team leaders, managers, and other employees and staff when required. After a thorough analysis of the current situation, potential solutions can be developed and evaluated. Ideally, we begin with the implementation during the course of the workshop. Thereafter, the participants should be able to complete the work during the following one to three months.
Supplier development as partners
Additional improvements with costs, cycle time, and quality are possible by including key suppliers in the value chain improvement process. Our years of experience are there to support your optimization of the entire value stream through supplier development.
Examples of our Consultancy and Training
- Learn to identify waste, Muri – Mura – Muda
- Shopfloor management in production and ancillary areas
- Hoshin Kanri / Policy Deployment
- Introducing Lean Management in areas and teams
- Value stream analysis and value stream optimization
- MAKIGAMI for visualizing and optimizing ancillary work processes
- 5S (6S) introduction and further development
- Designing lean material flow and production layout
- Kanban and Heijunka (production smoothing)
- Total Productive Maintenance
- Problem solving methods for production-level teams
- Visualizing workflow
- Introduction and configuration of standard-work
- Low-cost intelligent automation (LCIA)
Every client has unique issues and challenges. Please contact us, so that we can discuss your specific needs and current circumstances.