Improved safety and quality, shorter lead times, lower costs, higher productivity, and less inventory are just some of the ways a Lean process Improvement program can add value to your customers and your business.
Process improvement does not happen without change, yet we all know that change can be difficult. There is an old adage attributed to Mark Twain that says, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you always got.” So, unless you make changes, your performance will actually suffer because your competitors are pursuing continuous process improvement.
Through years of experience, we have developed a systematic and effective approach toward Lean transformations. Our approach is based on three guiding principles:
Value Stream Mapping (VSM) – VSM is a visual tool that is used to describe current state conditions and help identify where flow stops in a value stream. Our sensei often work with teams to create a VSM to help an organization understand where to focus its limited resources.
Observations – In order to reduce/eliminate waste in a process, the waste must first be identified in its current form. This can only be done effectively through direct observation of the process. Learning how to effectively observe a process and identify waste is a skill that cannot be learned in a classroom, but is one that we can help you develop.
5-Whys – Sometimes an organization implements a change to eliminate waste without clearly knowing the root cause of the waste. By asking “Why?” multiple times, we can identify the true root cause of the waste in your process.
The word “kaizen” means “change for the good”, and it represents the Lean continuous improvement philosophy. Assessing your current situation is necessary, and training is often needed, but conducting a kaizen activity is what actually improves your business.
Skills such as riding a bike or building a house cannot easily be learned by reading a book. Likewise, when applying the principles of Lean, it’s easy to learn the concepts, but much harder to put them into practice without guidance from a teacher, or “sensei.” At OpX Solutions, this is where we excel! Our sensei have consulted hundreds of kaizen work teams across dozens of businesses, helping organizations improve lead time, safety, quality, and cost; while teaching leaders and participants how to best apply the concepts of Lean. We can do the same for your organization.
Everyone needs a sensei, and our consultants are no different. Some of us learned our skills working side by side with consultants from Shingijutsu, considered by many to be the best Lean consultants in the world. Our mission now is to pass on that skill to other continuous improvement leaders.
This video produced by our friends at RVTV-3 is from a recent Kaizen event that the Roanoke County held with Mike Leigh. Check it out to learn more about Lean Process Improvement.
A four-hour class that provides a basic overview of Lean principles, and demonstrates the most common tools used to make process improvements. This class includes table-top simulations and practical exercises. This class is suitable for everyone in your organization to introduce the main concepts of Lean and kick-off developing a continuous improvement culture.
This 8-hour class provides the basic overview of Lean Fundamentals, but adds a component designed for the leadership team. This extra material helps leaders understand their critical role in successfully implementing a Lean culture.
This program provides more in-depth study and application of the tools and principles of Lean. Designed for more active kaizen participants and your continuous improvement leaders, this 16-module, 4-day program consists of both classroom training and practical exercises. Participants will develop a greater understanding of Lean concepts, while they provide a real benefit to your business as they discover waste and develop improvement ideas.
Consistent with Shingo Principles of continuous improvement, this program is designed to train individuals to improve employee morale, individual and company performance, and company profits at all levels of the organization by highlighting value and non-value added activities and eliminating all forms of waste.
Trains individuals to audit business performance and operational excellence of their energy management efforts. The training expands awareness of techniques and resources that result in the reduction of energy demand, carbon footprint, and costs.
For more information on any of these MSI programs, contact us at email@example.com