This week I was in the Shenandoah Valley, in Virginia at a Client teaching a Lean course. It was a great week! The weather was great! The leaves are in the midst of changing to Red and Gold.
Part of my requirement this week for the Lean course was to help the company define a new direction that will help them tranform their company. The comment that i heard from the class was "we have so many problems that we do jot know where to start" like filling a teacup with a firehose. We began with a lesson on developing a Value Stream Map of their high volume product (the biggest bang for the buck"). This told us that they spent less than one percent of their time in production actually adding value to their customer. Next we learned about Flow and Pull (amongst other lean tools) and how these concepts can greatly increase the value that is added to the customer and reduce the leadtime to produce their product. The end result of a 4 day course was the plan to implement a Pull System on their major product line which will reduce the leadtime to their customer from 10 days to 5 days (only because of shipping constraints).
It is the most gratifying thing in this world to see a student when the light turns on and they "get it". In this case "getting it" is an annual multi million dollar savings.
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