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Lean Vs. Results

In the early stages of a project, very often one of the first points the Client brings to the table will be:

“we´re already doing Lean”, or “we have a dedicated OPEX team”.


The sentiment behind this point is that continuous improvement practices, such as Lean, have existed for a long time and are well practised in progressive companies.  Consequently, this raises the question as to what more continuous improvement specialists such as Chartwell really add.

However, like in most specialist fields, the most common, widespread practices do not reflect the most up-to-date or effective thinking.

A quick way to check if your business can get more from continuous improvement is the following:

If the business’s operational performance measures are improving by 20 % to 50 % and the financial performance is improving at a similar rate then you are already doing what Chartwell do.  If this is not the case then take a look at our breakdown of the key differences.

 

ORGANISATION WIDE CHANGE PROGRAMS

 

CHARTWELL CONSULTING SUPPORT PROGRAMS

METHODOLOGY

LEAN, Six Sigma, TPM

 

Bespoke program for each client drawing on internal methodology

PACE OF CHANGE

Gradual and incremental across a wide front

 

Step Change in highest priority areas first

FINANCIAL RESULTS AND PAYBACK

Can be slower than hoped at outset

 

Impact is seen within a few weeks and the payback will be at least five to one

BUY IN FROM ORGANISATION

If the senior team are behind it, the buy in will be strong

 

If the senior team are behind it, the buy in will be strong

HOW FOCUS AREAS ARE SELECTED

Brainstorm ideas and deal with the visible issues

 

Understand the visible and hidden opportunity, prioritise focus based on biggest impact

IDEOLOGY

Often fixated with the implementation of improvement concepts, elevating mere tools to an unhealthy status beyond their pragmatic intent. Belief in the methods can be more important than the actual understanding and results

 

Always fixated with results – all actions, training and organisation change is directed towards a rapid, measurable impact on the bottom line

CONFIDENCE IN SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME

The successful outcome is taken on faith that enough people working on improvement must generate a benefit for the business

 

Performance guaranteed, no results, no fee

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