In order for your Continuous Improvement project to be successful, you need to develop a strategy. And this strategy must align closely to your overall business strategy. Remember, your Continuous Improvement program must help you to achieve your business objectives!
At Alora Consultants, we work with our clients to develop an appropriate Continuous Improvement strategy that helps them to achieve World Class Organisation status. We outline the short-term, medium-term and long-term objectives of the project. This strategy becomes the roadmap that ultimately leads to Continuous Improvement practices becoming a core part of business operations.
Short termAfter launching a Continuous Improvement program, there may be a
temporary dip in performance in the short term due to the nature of
change involved. To avoid or to minimise the performance dip you need
to address any initial resistance to change. The initial focus is on
cost reduction improvement projects and programs. Continuous Improvement tools are used mainly in projects. In the short term, you
will be using basic Lean & Lean Six Sigma tools plus Change
Medium termWhen the Continuous Improvement program is up and running, you should begin to see a steady improvement in performance in the medium term. Initial problems have been addressed and the process has been fine-tuned. You continue to look at ways to improve performance and reduce costs. However, you also want to change the culture of the organisation and make the changes part of day-to-day business. Continuous Improvement tools are now used in other areas, as well as projects. In the medium term, you will be using more advanced Lean & Lean Six Sigma tools plus Change Management.
Long termWhen the Continuous Improvement program has settled down into a new way of working, you should continue to see steady performance improvement. The changes have been integrated into all aspects of the business and are now part of the company philosophy. Your performance metrics should be reaching World Class. In the long term, you will be using highly advanced Lean Six Sigma and Design for Lean Six Sigma tools.