Our approach to implement LEAN management is through the creation of a team based organization (=TBO) on the shop floor, in administration and in the support organizations. The TBO will implement Visual Workplaces in their areas which are the foundation for:
- daily (15 minutes) flash meetings
- daily quality (red bin) reviews
- daily reviews of the suggestion system and the continuous improvement processes.
The TBO then forms the backbone of implementing Visual Management and Shopfloor Management Routines - a prerequisite to close the PDCA loop.
Eventually these teams will start to work “autonomously” in the direction of eliminating waste throughout the organization - applying the LEAN tools mentioned above.
The role of management changes to one of supervising, guiding and supporting their teams in this (daily) quest to eliminate waste in everything they do.
In order to be sustainable this requires several years (5 and more!) of the LEAN journey.