ASSESSMENT – Process Stabilization, Maximize Productivity

 Chaos breeds inefficiency and opportunity. Imagine the worst case scenario: late shipments, equipment broke down, no available skilled labor, specialized workforce (non-cross function, absorbsion off target, excess budget spend, inflated inventory, no raw material – The perfect storm from years of poor leadership and neglect.

 

ISOLATE THE CRISIS

 Leaders know they cannot attack all problems at the same time and create any “real” change. While “firefighting” must continue to run a business during transition, the strategic group must focus on top opportunities. To begin this process efficiently, it is best to isolate the chaos into manageable pieces that have be best chance of success aligned to priority (defined by customer or value stream) and fast execution – with the least capital and resources.

 

Grid the story

 A simple way to look at the organization is to put it in a scoring grid. Assume the scoring metrics as (10 being most important/higher cost etc.) : [Customer Priority 1-10] , [Capital 1-10], [Resources 1-10]

Now, let’s take a look at a mock setup:

 

 

ASSESSING THE GRID

 Utilizing this technique can provide an easy to follow initial direction when diving into a culture of chaos. The key is to ensure that resources do not walk away until the process is “fully stabilized”. After process stabilization, then begin process optimization.

 

(Process Stabilization, Maximize Productivity)