Recent Problem Statements and Solution Examples:
Is There More Opportunity for Improvement?
We recently worked with a manufacturing client that was a spin-off from a company that was known for its operating system. They wanted to know how well the operations were running today and how much opportunity there was for improvement. They were not broken; they wanted to get better. We studied the processes, observed the team members building the product, and conducted a variety of analyses. We discovered that they still have over 30% improvement in their productivity for the area studied which, when combined with the other areas, added to a few million dollars of profit they didn’t know they had.
How Can We Increase Our Volumes?
This is a common question we are asked, probably because when your production volumes are pumping, a lot of other problems seem to go away, including your profit shortfalls! In one recent example, the company’s location was producing only about 60% of the target, which hurt profit and also created a space problem, as raw material inventory ordered by the supply chain group was coming into the building faster than it was shipping out as finished goods to customers. This, of course, suggests a supply chain problem, which then required us to take a deeper look into that as well. By the way, since conducting the business diagnostic this location is now producing at record levels.
Where Is My Supply Chain Broken?
These days, everyone seems to have challenges in their supply chains! We recently helped a proactive company find a better way to manage their international sourcing and logistics to improve their service and reduce costs in the process.
How Can We Work Better as a Team?
Leader and team effectiveness is one area that every company can take a closer look at. What if you could review analytical reports to understand your own strengths and weaknesses better, and have visibility to the preferences and work styles of the other members of your team? Imagine that you have an analytical way to look at these areas for you and your team. Just how much more impact could you and your team could have? Could you come closer to reaching your company and team goals AND simultaneously achieve higher personal satisfaction? This is one area we love to jump into, as it ALSO helps all the other business results.