The Rapid Impact™ Process (Overview)
Achieve company-wide bottom-line results right out of the gate!
Conduct a Visioning Session with Top Management to:
- Introduce lean concepts and techniques
- Set top-level corporate goals e.g., reduce inventory by 70% & achieve 100% on-time delivery.
- Identify one or more internal facilitators
- Set weekly meeting times to review the goal curves vs. actuals
- Objective: Ensure a united management team with clear goals and direction.
Push the Goals Down Through the Organization:
- Set Division / Department sub-goals that add to, or exceed corporate goals
- Clearly identify responsibilities, measurements, etc.
- Objective: Encourage ownership of goals and establish metrics.
Provide Enough Overview Education to Get Started:
- Conduct four-hour Middle Management classes (overview of the concepts, and techniques.)
- “Paper House” manufacturing demonstration is performed
- Share the corporate goals and critical need to achieve them
- Hold 45-minute awareness sessions with all employees to explain basic Lean concepts and corporate goals.
- Answer the question: “What does this mean to me?”
- Objective: Educate and motivate all employees to buy into and support management’s Lean vision.
Hold Targeted blitzes:
- Identify issues raised by the inventory reductions
- Teach the applicable lean techniques
- Conduct intensive targeted blitzes to overcome the issues
- Implement kanban controls where applicable
- Identify “customer / supplier” unit teams
- Set unit goals
- Leave an ongoing team in place
- Note: Blitz teams periodically present their results to the appropriate level TMAC
- Objective: Take immediate corrective actions to resolve issues and generate Quantum improvements NOW.
Review Actual Progress Vs. Goal Curves:
- Done religiously at the TMAC weekly meeting
- Require cause and corrective actions from any group that is below their goal curve.
- Objective: Maintain ongoing operational level accountability for goal attainment.
(held after about four to six months of progress)
- New issues will have been discovered
- Requests for funding will arise
- Goals will be reviewed and adjusted / re-apportioned if necessary
- Additional techniques and “implications” will be discussed
- Lean philosophy and techniques are re-visited
- Customer / Supplier visits are planned.
- Objective: Assess progress on stated goals, establish new goals, and adjust implementation approach as needed.
Give us a call if you like to discuss how this process might work at your facility. There’s no charge, and I guarantee that you’ll find the dicussion “Value Adding”.