The first steps in getting your Lean journey started with GBMP are the Operational Assessment and Top Management Briefing.
A Shingo Gap Analysis is another service GBMP provides to help you understand how your performance compares to the international recognized Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence model. (Read more below)
The Operational Assessment
The first step in the GBMP approach to Continuous Improvement education and shop-floor implementation is to perform a complimentary assessment of your current processes and Continuous Improvement history. One of our Continuous Improvement Managers will visit your plant to learn about your unique business issues and needs. He or she will walk your shop floor with you from receiving, through all of your internal processes, to shipping finished goods. We will follow up our visit with a personalized report that outlines your potential opportunities to achieve new levels of operational excellence. There is no obligation on your part. All it takes is two to three hours of your time, and a willingness to tell our facilitators your company story and about your products and processes.
All of our Continuous Improvement Managers sit on the Shingo Prize Board of Examiners and have toured the country visiting the top U.S. plants. They each have over 20 years of experience as manufacturers and change agents and can offer you tremendous insight even if you have already begun the Continuous Improvement journey.
Top Management Briefing
One of the most crucial factors of success facing a company on the Continuous Improvement journey is for that company to have 100% support from top management. Without this, a CI program is destined for failure and will be seen as "the flavor of the month" as opposed to a true Continuous Improvement approach to business operations.
We prevent this from happening by starting every company's training with a half-day course for managers on the philosophies of Continuous Improvement, the seven wastes, "reliable methods" and management's role in driving improvement efforts within the organization. This course is intended to give all functional areas a basic understanding of Continuous Improvement and sets the stage for managers to be able to understand and support improvement activities and projects that are undertaken by the organization. It provides a solid foundation for managers in companies just starting out with Continuous Improvement and contains many specific points managers can take away and use to help the organization reach new levels of operational excellence. This course is designed to both inform and inspire individuals in a leadership role about the benefits that can be achieved by unleashing the power of Continuous Improvement within their organization.
Shingo Gap Analysis
If your company is just starting out on the lean journey, a gap analysis provides an objective view of your current state and helps to establish a roadmap for making future improvements. You will receive a site visit report outlining key strengths and opportunities and providing suggestions for making improvements in line with the Shingo Prize model. Learn more
To schedule your free operational assessment, Shingo Gap Analysis, or Top Management Briefing, or to have any of your Continuous Improvement questions answered, please call Chris Martin, GBMP Vice President, at 617-287-7648.
* The Operational Assessment is complementary; however in depending on location, some clients must pay for travel expenses.