The Agile, People-First Approach to

Lean Manufacturing and Operations

My top goal is to help clients use Lean to build capabilities that create a difference
and provide competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Doing “Lean” is about Becoming “Agile”

My approach is consistent and strategic application of Lean management (rather than just tactics or tools to fix a few bottlenecks. As a result, your organization becomes more:

  • Proactive

  • Responsive

  • Effect

People are the

Key to Success

Why do Lean initiatives so often fail? Lean principles are simple to grasp. However, they don’t work in real life unless PEOPLE are willing to make changes in their day-to-day work.

As your Lean consultant and coach, I will:
  • Collaborate with everyone instead of just making some cool charts or telling you what to do. We must share ideas and knowledge to find the RIGHT way to solve problems and capture opportunities.
  • Focus on what makes work easier and less frustrating for employees. This way, EVERYONE sees the benefits of more efficiency and productivity.
  • Support Lean with a strong emphasis on coaching culture change to consistently reinforce new behaviors. That’s what makes Lean last over the long term so you can reap the benefits.

What You Can Expect

We’ll start with a discovery conversation and an on-site assessment so I can create a proposal that is tailored to your organization. A typical project follows these steps:

Initial Data Gathering and Leadership Planning

Learn about your operations, culture, current strategy, and develop recommendations for high-impact initiatives.

Phase One: Strategy and Spread the Word

Report findings and collaborate with leadership to develop a schedule of activities and meet with employees to let them know what the plan is and how we’ll carry it out.

Phase Two: Sort and Shine

Work with managers, supervisors, and employees to assess the present level of plant organization and make improvements.

Phase Three: Straighten and See

Organize the plant and manufacturing processes by introducing visual factory methods and Leader Standard Work to increase the transparency of cell and plant operating performance.

Phase Four: Simplify and Solve

Introduce and apply team Value Stream Mapping and problem-solving methods to reduce manufacturing cycle times and improve product flow through pull scheduling and production.

Phase Five: Standardize and Sustain

Introduce Total Productive Maintenance, fully develop Leader Standard Work, and introduce idea systems. Evaluate the success of the lean initiative.

Let’s Make Things

Better with Lean

  • Stop operating in “emergency” mode and have a calmer day-to-day
  • Know you are tracking and improving on the right metrics
  • Run a tight ship known for effectiveness and excellence
  • Stop having to micro-manage shop floor workers, leads, supervisors, and managers
  • Enjoy running a team of engaged employees who WANT to do a good job
  • Have fewer injuries and lower turnover
Together, we can create an AGILE and EFFECTIVE Lean initiative that aligns with your company’s goals for revenue, growth, and customer satisfaction.