Productivity Improvement Tips

I want to share some productivity improvement tips with you.

I spend the majority of my time delivering process improvement projects for a variety of clients; different sectors similar operational challenges. When we first meet, many clients ask me how do you produce improvement plans so quickly?

In this article I am going to share with you one of the tools I have up my sleeve StreamLiner. StreamLiner, a simple to use software tool, allows you to use a variety of improvement methods and efficiently manage the resulting actions. Or, in other words, it takes less time is to achieve better results for the business when you use StreamLiner.

StreamLiner is Project Management software that drives your team's Lean and Continuous Improvement activities.

StreamLiner

Let me give you an example of some productivity improvement tips in action.

I was on an assignment that needed a quick turnaround. The business was profitable and successful. but managers running the business experienced blood, sweat and tears to achieve their results.

My task was clear; find out how to streamline a specific maintenance program. The client scheduled this program at six weeks per vehicle being overhauled. In my clients eyes, anything less than six weeks was a good result.

Productivity Improvement Tips - Audit

Apart from the six weeks timescale per vehicle there were few performance standards that I could use to give me some context. So, I set up a new project in the StreamLiner app and created an audit to find out exactly what they did and didnt have. I toured the business speaking to staff and operatives as I explored the process.

Productivity Improvement Tips - CCC

Any concerns that I captured during my travels were inputted into StreamLiner using the Concern Cause Countermeasure (CCC) function. Within hours I started to build up a picture of how the business function as a whole.

Productivity Improvement Tips - Process Analysis

Next, I delved into a high level process flow of the maintenance process  I used the process flow analysis function of StreamLiner and started to capture some data about the process. As I found issues, or concerns, with the process I captured those too and carried on building a picture of the process and its working environment.

StreamLiner is Project Management software that drives your team's Lean and Continuous Improvement activities.

StreamLiner

Productivity Improvement Tips - Action Plan

Two days in I reviewed the audit results, used StreamLiner built-in tools, and converted these results into practical actions. I did the same with the CCC results, again converting their outputs into actions.

By the end of day four I created an action plan that was fully prioritized, relevant, and highly practical.

I shared the plan with the Head of Maintenance for this organization. He was flabbergasted that such a comprehensive plan could be created in such a short period of time.

As much as I love the praise, it was a simple fact that the StreamLiner software allows you to chuck all of your observations into the system and then let it process it into a prioritized action plan.

Follow the plan and you will get the best results for your business in the shortest period of time possible.

Low Hanging Fruit - BCS Scores

StreamLiner helps you identify the easy to manage items with the BCS Score. Deal with these low hanging fruit first. In my example, this included

  • stock replenishment,
  • scheduling clashes
  • team allocation

Manage Change

As the intervention carried on, I used StreamLiner to manage the change process, and new items were added as they were discovered. But, what was the outcome I hear you ask

StreamLiner is Project Management software that drives your team's Lean and Continuous Improvement activities.

StreamLiner

Outcome

Well, my client said anything less than six weeks would be a good result. By the time the maintenance team and I finished with their process, three weeks later, we got the process down to five days.

In fact, they got so fast at overhauling the vehicles they had to run the team in a Kan-Ban fashion. Their supply now exceeded their demand. For the same amount of time, as before the project, the team obliterated the back log of maintenance works and could now support their sister teams. Great results!

More Productivity Improvement Tips

Within this article I discussed only five of the tools available in StreamLiner. The software also includes waste walking, 5S, meetings management, and action reporting tools. Using any combination of these functions with your productivity improvement projects can make a huge difference to the effectiveness and speed of delivery of your improvements.

Purchase your copy of StreamLiner today and watch the results as you accelerate the rate of improvement your business experiences.

Article written by Giles Johnston of Smartspeed Consulting Limited for Quality Assurance Solutions. Article edited and posted by Quality Assurance Solutions

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