Lean Production with Work Process Management

Many times in the lean journey, teams move through a methodology on projects, deliver improvements and move on to the next project. Six Sigma gives us the Control phase to maintain changes for improvements, but even with that, it can be difficult to keep delivering benefits because the Control phase itself can break down. Once momentum gets lost on the project, people can revert back to their former processes that include waste—or teams may need to make necessary changes and inadvertently add waste back into processes. By maintaining automated control over a process with Work Process Management, companies can have a much better chance of reducing waste for the longer term. Standard work processes become embedded into the Work Process Management system, which can take lean initiatives to the next level. With true standard work and an electronic environment for Kaizen, momentum always remains high, waste is eliminated, work processes are monitored—and the gains grow year after year

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