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Creating a Lean Enterprise

LSS Lean Enterprise Mindset

Executive Education & Coaching

A tool used to help upper level management align department objectives to the overall organization's strategic goals. These sessions are used to identify and deploy strategic goals and ensure that daily activities are striving toward these goals

Lean Leader Education & Coaching

A tool used to help upper level management align department objectives to the overall organization's strategic goals. These sessions are used to identify and deploy strategic goals and ensure that daily activities are striving toward these goals

Study Trips

A tool used to help upper level management align department objectives to the overall organization's strategic goals. These sessions are used to identify and deploy strategic goals and ensure that daily activities are striving toward these goals

LSS Enterprise Management System

Strategy Deployment

A structured approach that guides upper level leadership in aligning department objectives to the overall organization's imperative strategic goals. These sessions are used to identify and deploy strategic goals and ensure that daily activities are striving to achieve these results

LSS Daily Management System (LSS DMS)

The Lean Synergy & Solutions Daily Management System (LSS DMS) is a management approach and a set of tools to help work groups improve their processes. A work group is a group of people who perform tasks on similar or connected processes, and work in close proximity. Each work group customizes LSS DMS to meet its own unique needs.

LSS DMS helps:

  • Align work group activities with organization goals and priorities
  • Simplify communication
  • Involve employees and promote team work
  • Identify and solve problems instead of working around them
  • Measure progress
  • Establish goals for improvement

The LSS Daily Management System (LSS DMS) ensures daily activities are linked to the organizations strategic plan. Prerequisites for DMS include standard work and customer focused metrics. This system defines standard work for supervisors, managers and executive leadership as they work on daily improvement.

LSS Improvement Methods & Tools

Rapid Cycle Improvement Learning

Based on the principles from Toyota Kata, participants learn & practice new routines for improvement (Improvement Kata) and for coaching improvement (Coaching Kata) to achieve challenges objectives that are currently beyond a team’s ability to reach.

  • Develops managers and leaders as coaches for creating a culture of continuous improvement
  • Develops daily improvement routines for achieving organizational and department goals

Value Stream Mapping and Alignment

Value Stream management allows organizations to focus on breakthrough improvements in those areas that critical to the achieving strategic goals. Value Stream Mapping is a visual tool, identifying the current state and envisioning the future state. A Value Stream Alignment is when the team creates a plan to transition from the current state to the future state, utilizing Lean principles and workshops. The project plan created provides a way to ensure that all improvements stay in line with the future state and the organization's strategic deployment plan.

Rapid Process Improvement (RPI) Workshops

Rapid Process Improvement or RPI is a way to look at how things are done. The RPI team, which consists of representatives from the area and stakeholders, all partake in this 5-day workshop. During this week, the team will have a day of "discovery" to learn lean concepts and evaluate their current process. They will then apply what they have learned to improving the existing process. The team creates a vision of what this process would look like without waste and outline their plan to achieve that vision.

During an RPI, participants are taught these key elements of Lean:

  • Continuous Flow
  • Standard Work
  • Waste Elimination
  • Quality
  • Mistake Proofing
  • Managing Change

Participants implement their vision by the end of the RPI Workshop. Regardless of how the processes are changed, the work is completed by employees who are personally invested in improving the process.

Rapid Process Planning (RPP) Workshops

Used to design new processes or dramatically redesign existing processes, this 5-day begins with education and ends with new process layout or flow. The RPP kicks off a series of projects rather than incorporating implementation into the workshop week (as in RPI).

5S Workshops

Based on Japanese words that begin with 'S', the 5S philosophy focuses on effective workplace organization and standardized work procedures. 5S is the building block to other Lean improvements 5S simplifies your work environment, reduces waste and non-value activity while improving quality, efficiency, and safety.

  • Sort - The first 'S' focuses on eliminating unnecessary items from the workplace.
  • Set In Order/Simplify - The second 'S' focuses on efficient and effective storage methods - what is needed, where it is needed, in the right amount.
  • Shine/Sweep - Once all the necessary items are in place the next step is to thoroughly clean the work area and create visual signals that allow you to tell at a glance normal vs. abnormal conditions.
  • Standardize - concentrate on standardizing and documenting the best practice for the work area.
  • Sustain - This is by far the most difficult 'S' to implement and achieve. Defines a new "status quo" and standard of workplace organization.

During a 3-day 5S event, participants implement all 5S's to achieve workplace organization and standardization. Once fully implemented, the 5S process can increase morale, create positive impressions on customers, increase efficiency and organization, reduce search time, improve safety, improve ergonomics, space and inventory reductions. The most satisfying part is that all participants can immediately begin applying what they have learned to their own work area