All entries for December 2012

December 31, 2012

Measuring Training Returns

Training seems to be a matter of money waste in many companies point of view. Six sigma & Lean as well as any other new introduced systems will require some training to staff. The problem is that employers think that although training upscale an employee skills, it give him or her a better chance to leave to other places. Well such thoughts are good to be considered, not to avoid training, but to find a proper way in reducing turnovers. My point is that training is important to build strong and confident employees. Its benefit won’t be numbers and immediate financial figures, but it can be measured differently. For example having a case of employees receiving training and leaving the company!! Looking at the bright side, your company reputation is growing on the market for creating such experienced staff. Also looking at how employees deal with things after getting well trained might bring some satisfaction. In simple words, setting proper measuring tools might change people ideas about many things “training in this case” .

December 26, 2012

Is there disadvantages about Lean

Applying Lean system sounds to bring positive results all time. That won't be always the case. If lean is seen as a tool (not as a whole state of beeing and thinking) lean is like a sword, which can cause a lot of damage and suffering. Focusing only on reducing cost might lead to job cutting which will effect people involvement and increase resistance against Lean, whereas if lean is used to enhance product or service value, if it is focussed on the constraint and thus enhances throughput while raising productivity and reducing cost, it will cause a chain reaction of raising demand and competitiveness of a company. Therefore these things can not be considered as Lean fault as a system!! In my point of view I believe that they are kind of negative potential outcomes or obstacles rather than saying they are disadvantages. Lean system is some elements that can be filled from elsewhere such as Systems Thinking or the Theory of Constraints to support overcoming implementation obstacles. A good practice might be to let a group - employees for example- to figure out some future seen barriers and ask them in turn and list them on a flip chart being careful to identify each bitch/moan/obstacle with the name of the person that brought it up. Then asking them to come up with solution that each person answer his own problem. By doing that you will have both back up actions for particular problems with significant simplifications.

Lead Time

One critical issue was facing me in my past career was how to improve respond to customers needs and orders. Our focus was in enhancing technology we used and maybe modifying products we delivered. One great and interesting tool can be used in such situation is Lean. It focuses in reduction of waste and improving the Lead Time in order to achieve quicker respond, business setup and reduce delays as well. This is done that Lean investigates processes in deep to take out any non value added steps to have a smoother easy process with less cost and effective manner. By implementing Lean a company will become far more competitive in both the prices you can charge and the effectiveness of the services that you can offer thus enabling you to win more business and grow your business further.

December 16, 2012

Employees & New Systems

The introduction of systems such as Lean and Six Sigma approaches might appears to some people as getting rid of old used system in work fields. This might lead to employees rejecting them in order to keep what actually they think they are experts on and better known by them. Wise management and leadership actions should be taken to such situations. Using both Six Sigma & Lean require a high employees’ contribution for them to succeed. Therefore a good point to bear in mind is for the managers to communicate with their staff to clarify the importance of switching to these systems and the why they will be applied. The big challenge facing the companies is getting managers who have the persuasion and leadership skills to overcome the employee resistance.

Data Base Importance

A good assured data plays a major role on maintaining a sustained business as well as makes the companies’ chance of continued growth when there is an economic crisis higher. It might not ensure the sustainability of the business but they are necessary in applying different improvement techniques, such as Six Sigma, which make the improvement process much easier and makes the goals more likely to be achieved. This kind of information helps in knowing some of the fundamentals of building a new business bases so that introducing a strong data base and select a proper improvement tool to help to improve and meet the market requirement.

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