When a project is based on an implementation plan that has well-defined objectives, deliverables, milestones and schedules, it has a greater chance of generating cost savings.
Steering committees should meet regularly to review actions, reassign responsibilities as needed, and hold teams accountable for results.
Status reports should be reviewed with financial partners, project teams, suppliers, and customers to ensure supply and delivery streams are supporting the project’s objectives without generating additional costs.
Don’t keep success a secret. Positive results from Lean Six Sigma projects should be recognized throughout an organization. Keeping cost savings, exemplary staff performance or waste reduction quiet does not encourage more of the same.
A better idea is to post the Lean strategy and individuals who have pursued Six Sigma training, along with current projects and achievements, on a company-wide dashboard, where everyone in the organization can see it. Not only does this create a sense of common purpose – it can result in healthy competition.
Another big benefit of publicizing results and individual achievement is that it fosters greater buy-in of Six Sigma training and principles.
Change is an integral, continuous part of successful organizations. Those unwilling or unable to embrace it may become part of the problem.
Lean manufacturing is based in principles developed by Toyota, where identifying and reducing waste is essential to running a profitable organization.
The types of waste identified in Lean manufacturing are:
Strengthening revenue by utilizing Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma tools can greatly impact an organization’s bottom line. For some projects, immediate cost savings can be realized. In others, small savings add up over time.
Finding ways to demonstrate Lean Six Sigma’s positive impact is important to keeping the entire organization moving forward for continuous improvement.
Remember, if the numbers aren’t where they should be, reevaluate. Go back to the beginning, reconfigure the approach and gain a new perspective.
Starting over can ultimately save time and energy while helping to achieve the results the company expects.