Lead and train a team to hit goals and complete deliverables within a set timeframe
Having the specific knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to manage projects we deliver value to your company on time.
We engineer all initiatives to quickly resolve problems, produce outcomes that will lead to major or minor improvements, or a mixture of both these things.
By creating a structured amalgamation of tasks, activities, and deliverables we ensure all requirements are executed carefully to achieve your desired outcome.
Each aspect of your project will go through the project management lifecycle phases of initiation, planning, and execution. We will plan each task and activity meticulously to ensure the highest chances of success.
All projects we undertake are precision endeavors that follow a lifecycle with a definite beginning and end.
We use the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) data driven structured problem solving methodology: define, measure, analyze, improve, and control to optimize processes.
Define: During this phase we select the most critical and impactful opportunities for improvement. The way to jumpstart a DMAIC cycle is by crafting the problem statement in detail.
Measure: The Measure phase is where the baselines are drawn to assess the performance of a given process. Without having sound benchmarks for comparison it’s difficult to track improvements.
Analyze: In this phase, our goal is to identify and test the underlying causes of problems to make sure that improvement takes place from deep down where the problems stem from.
Improve: With the analysis done and the data in front of you, now is the time to start making the improvements.
Control: After changes are in place and are successfully addressing the problems to improve your operations, it’s time to bring the process under control to ensure its long term effectiveness.
We utilize the A3 tool for simple planning and proposing. A3 is a document the size of a single sheet of paper (international 11 x 17) and is our basic standard format for problem solving, proposals, plans, and status reviews.
What is important is not the format, but the process and thinking behind the A3 as it lays out the logic for a problem solving event, large or small, on one sheet of paper. An A3 should tell a story, laid out from upper left hand side to lower right, which anyone can understand because it is visual and extremely concise.
Left hand side
Right hand side
When problems are complex, a DMAIC problem solving technique should be applied.
Quick Kaizen (Blitz)
Quick Kaizen or Blitz is our fast and focused process for improving some component of your business: a product line, a machine, or a process. It utilizes a cross functional team of employees for a quick problem solving exercise, where teams focus on designing solutions to meet precise, well defined goals.
This method for recording our progress in solving a simple problem gives focus to a solution and helps us consider multiple possible causes. Quick Kaizen allows us to systematically verify possible causes using data and logically decide on the best solution(s).
The problem will be typically solved within one day and will take less than 2 hours of actual effort.
When to use it:
- Problems identified in daily shift/crew/production meetings.
- 5S organizational problems.
- Minor stops or breakdowns.
- Any other problem where people disagree on the potential quick solution.
Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA)
We systemize a group of activities with the FMEA to recognize and evaluate the potential failure of a product or process and its effects, identify actions that could eliminate or reduce the occurrence, and document the process.
FMEA is a refined qualitative tool that is a:
Systematic spreadsheet based approach
Used on products or processes
Recognizes potential failure modes and effects on customer
Identifies and prioritizes action to reduce/eliminate risk
We use FMEA to:
- Identify potential failure modes and analyze risks
- Document/track actions taken to reduce risks of failures
- Prioritize deficiencies to focus improvement efforts
- Improve quality, reliability, and safety of product
- Increase customer satisfaction