Lean tackles waste reduction. It’s based on the realisation that when it comes to work, there are countless different ways to waste time, energy and resources doing things that don’t add value for the customer. Then, over time, layers of non-value-added activities accumulate until as much as 95% of activity is waste. What customer would be happy paying for something unnecessary?
Lean provides tools and principles to uncover waste and reduce or eliminate it. Typically the first steps we take with a new client include:
Diagnostic activity or Survey against established best practice criteria
Awareness and workshop sessions to ensure the organisation is aligned and share a common vocabulary
Task and process analysis including team job balancing
Set-up time reduction
“Lean is not mean”
After the workshops, simulations, rapid improvement events, blitz activities… things need to be sustained. Arguably the hardest part of any new Lean initiative is keeping the enthusiasm and commitment going, it will more than likely fall to functional managers or team leaders and they will require some preparation and tools to manage this:
Orbit is a small consultancy fuelled by the genuine enthusiasm and desire of its staff to support and help small and medium-sized businesses to implement changes that will create immediate and tangible benefit.