Simulation At Work

Dec. 21, 2004
Here is an example of how a lean simulation workshop presented by Value Innovation Partners Ltd. may progress. Over four quarters, workshop participants

Quarter 1: Participants receive assigned roles in a mock company with traditional processes for completing the required tasks. They quickly realize the negative impact of inefficient processes, poor communication and lack of information on customers and profitability. Little direction results in individuals operating in functional silos.

Quarter 2: Participants fix some issues, resulting in slight improve-ments, but customers still suffer as significant change does not occur.

Quarter 3: Workshop participants are led through a structured approach of process analysis and a demonstration of the application of lean techniques. Participants begin to apply lean techniques, resulting in improvements to company profitability and customer satisfaction.

Quarter 4: The last quarter stresses the need for continuous improvement through fine-tuning of techniques and looking for waste in other functional areas. Individuals focus more on teamwork and aggressively look for areas in which to improve.

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Jill Jusko

Bio: Jill Jusko is executive editor for IndustryWeek. She has been writing about manufacturing operations leadership for more than 20 years. Her coverage spotlights companies that are in pursuit of world-class results in quality, productivity, cost and other benchmarks by implementing the latest continuous improvement and lean/Six-Sigma strategies. Jill also coordinates IndustryWeek’s Best Plants Awards Program, which annually salutes the leading manufacturing facilities in North America.

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