THE MEANING OF “LEANBREAKTHRU”
Defined by James Womack (author of the book "Lean Thinking) to describe what Toyota Motor Corporation has been doing for the last +60years as:
"THE ENDLESS PURSUIT OF WASTE ELIMINATION."
Any significant achievement, or increase, that removes barriers to progress, exceeding mental and/or physical limitations.
LEAN + BREAKTHRU: How do you Implement It?
Our system is principle based. It's simple in concept yet elegant in execution. We believe in applying daily improvement or kaizen to implement our system.
WHAT IS KAIZEN?
We begin by creating a rapid physical change in the area/floor (implementing lean principles based on team ideas - kaizen methodology), initiating daily continuous improvement.
We coach our clients throughout the Lean implementation to ensure sustainment and to define a detailed vision of the future. Our principles focus on a time based philosophy that applies to the entire value chain, from conceptualizing the product/service to accounts receivable.
Transforming an enterprise is hard work! You must have an executive that is committed to making it happen.
EXPECT TO EXPERIENCE A SENSE OF FEELING:
REWARDED: Your efforts make a difference
CONNECTED: To your team
DETERMINED: To see improvement get incorporated
EXCITED: About the ideas
EXHAUSTED: Both physically and mentally
BREAKTHRU: A sense of exceeding limitations
EXCELLENCE: One step closer to perfection
The following describes some of the organizational improvement methodologies that are successfully applied as strategic initiatives.
Six Sigma is a systematic and customer-focused discipline for driving out defects and reducing variation in processes. It is a disciplined and data-driven methodology that seeks to minimize the possibility of making unsuitable products or services for any process.
Common outcomes of Six Sigma implementation include:
• A substantial decrease in defects
• Measurable and significant reductions in costs
• A view of the business from the perspective of the customer
• Improved organizational execution
• Exceptional quality of services
• More efficient administrative processes
Lean Principles focus on creating an uncontrollable desire to expose and eliminate waste in all its forms. Lean Practitioners make their business processes run faster and more efficiently with a quick return on the investments they make toward improvements.
Some key results from employing Lean Principles include:
• Drastic improvement in response times
• Process simplifications and error proofing
• Productivity gains of +100%
• Elimination of the costs associated with non value added activities
• Reduction in losses
• Minimization of work in process inventories
• Greater flexibility to adjust to changes
Practitioners of Value Management improve productivity and efficiency by identifying the "What" or intent of each service or step and challenging its existence. Practitioners of Value Analysis/Value Engineering focus on the intent, not the "How" or method, to meet the intent. Team members use simple verb-noun pairs to define the intent and challenge the need, or identify alternate approaches to meet the same intent. The key outcome of Value Management is process velocity improvements and an enormous reduction in costs.
RAPID BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE TEAMS
The creation of internal teams combined with the right fundamentals for operation fosters an organization of motivated employees biased toward action and committed to continual improvement and rapid adaptation. By putting decision-making in the hands of the individuals most affected by the decision, Rapid Breakthrough Performance Teams allow employees to assume ownership and accountability. A key outcome of employing Rapid Performance Teams is that managers and leaders are freed up to provide strategic direction rather than focusing on day to day operations.
LeanBreakthru is the ultimate fusion of Lean, Six Sigma, Value Management and Rapid Breakthrough Performance Teams. As Lean Principles focus on simple improvements to reduce waste and increase process velocity and Six Sigma provides tools and methods to improve simple and complex process capability by increasing process efficiency and operational effectiveness, the two methodologies are often viewed as complimentary. The combination of the two methods with Value management and Rapid Breakthrough Performance Teams provides a powerful process-focused set of tools and principles for strategic organizational improvement.
WHY CHOOSE LEANBREAKTHRU CONSULTING GROUP?
LeanBreakthru has a rich history in the application of the quality improvement methods described above. We specialize in large-scale applications for commercial clients as well as government, Healthcare clients, both civil and military.