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One of the things that must be learned by the organization is the leaders' vision of the future. To accomplish this, the Steering Team will develop and maintain a visible "Transformation Map" that captures the "burning platform for change" in a succinct vision/mission statement and ties the action plan directly to the accomplishment of the mission. The Transformation Map is shared widely and often throughout the company.

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									    LESSONS IN LEAN


HOW TO MANAGE YOUR LEAN INITIATIVE

A PROVEN PATH
          TO SUCCESS
STEER CLEAR: THE OPENER OF THIS THREE-PART SERIES TEACHES
                                                                                                               By David R. Dixon,
                                                                                                               PE, CPIM
THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM “HOW TO” INITIATE AND
MANAGE A SUCCESSFUL LEAN IMPLEMENTATION.



I  n response to the current state of the economy and related
   events, our recent articles focused on Lean as an aid to coping
and surviving in the face of rising costs and declining demand.
                                                                       tices. They must understand in a technical sense how Lean
                                                                       tools work together to bring about better performance and
                                                                       customer service. Only then will they see the deficiencies in
   We explored, in some detail, why companies should                   the current state and be able to envision a greatly improved
embrace         Lean.                                                                                         future state.
Our basic argu-                                                                                                  "With this future
ment suggests that                                                 WCE Tools And Techniques                   state vision, leader-
the cost reduction                 VISION                          Current State                              ship can communi-
and performance                                                                                               cate to the organiza-
                                                                   Desired Future State
improvement made                                                                                              tion a ‘burning plat-
possible through                                                                                              form for change’ and
the       application                                              Markets/Customers                          create plans for using
of Lean tools is a               ST R AT EGY                       Products/Services                          Lean techniques to
sound alternative                                                  How To Go To Market                        close the gap between
to capitulation to                                                                                            the current and future
global (or domes-                                                                                             state situations.”
tic) competition                                                   Implementation Planning
and/or a govern-               LEADERSHIP                                                                        Figure 1 illustrates
                                                                   Execution
ment bail-out.                                                                                                this idea. The “burning
   This month we                                                                                              platform for change” is
will assume we are         FIGURE 1. A MODEL FOR THINKING ABOUT LEAN IN A STRATEGIC CONTEXT. THE              a key concept. The man-
writing for a senior       MANAGEMENT TEAM MUST BE DRIVEN TO A COMMITMENT TO LEAN BY SOME                     agement team must be
management team            SET OF CONDITIONS, CHARACTERIZED BY BOTH PROBLEMS AND OPPORTUNITIES,               driven to a commit-
that is 100 percent        WHICH THEY BELIEVE MUST BE CHANGED.                                                ment to Lean by some
committed to a                                                                                                set of conditions, char-
Lean implementation. Some may already have launched the acterized by both problems and opportunities, which they
effort and are looking for ways to accelerate or enhance the believe must be changed. These conditions may include any
results of the program. Others may be looking for a way to of the following:
begin while avoiding one or more “false starts.” In either case,        • Competitors with superior capabilities with respect to
we will attempt to deal here with how to initiate and manage a              customer wants and needs
successful Lean implementation.                                         • Opportunities to acquire new customers, or to do more
								
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