Solution Approaches

Business Process Redesign (BPR)

dramatically simplifies business processes, eliminating waste, reducing cycle time and improving quality

Cycle Time Reduction

strives to reduce the total time required to perform a set of tasks. It typically uses lean business practices found in BPR, TOC and TPS.

Design For Assembly (DFA)

strives for radical simplification of a product design and corresponding manufacturing processes, leading to significant cost reduction.

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

is a risk management approach used to assess and improve the quality, reliability, durability and safety of products and/or processes.

Kaizen Breakthrough Events

are approaches for rapid transformation of a product design, business process or manufacturing process, based on the principles of the Toyota Production System. In most cases transformation occurs in a week.

Lean Business Practices

is a manufacturing approach which strives for the total elimination of waste.

Policy Deployment

is an approach for planning and executing breakthrough business results. It combines some of the best aspects of Vision Development, Strategic Planning, Management by Objectives and Visual Management.

Project Management

is an approach for planning and executing major projects to enable them to be completed on time, in budget and within scope.

Quality Function Deployment (QFD)

helps to ensure that the "voice of the customer" is brought into the product development process, process development, manufacturing and reflected back into the marketplace.

Quality Operating Systems (QOS)

track quality of products or processes and provides an orderly and repeatable means to systematically improve.

Reliability Improvement

seeks to improve product reliability through understanding failure causes, and either eliminates them or neutralizes their effect.

Robust Engineering (RE)

is an approach which optimizes the functional performance of elements products or processes which minimizes the impact of uncontrollable factors, providing superior performance in a wide range of conditions.

Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

solves problems by tracing a series of fact and data based clues to get to the basic cause, solving the problem in a measurable way.

Six Sigma

is an approach for empowering large numbers of employees to make significant business improvements using a repeatable recipe based on statistical methods

Statistical Process Control (SPC)

is an approach for monitoring and controlling a process based on statistical methods, using variation inherent in the process to signal when action is needed.

Strategic Planning

is an approach to mapping a course of action from the present to a desired future state and a way that is achievable and manageable.

Systems Thinking (ST)

is an improvement approach that looks for systemic causes, seeking to change the way the system drives behavior.

Taguchi Methods

seeks to make product or processes more robust, (less sensitive to variation), resulting in more stable results.

Theory of Constraints (TOC)

seeks to increase throughput by focusing organizational resources on identification, removal or management of constraints which limit results.

Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ)

seeks to solve apparently impossible problems by identifying the underlying conflict, or contradiction and attacking it.

Toyota Production System (TPS)

is a manufacturing approach which strives for the total elimination of waste.

Value Analysis / Value Engineering (VAVE)

strives for radical improvement in product value through greatly increasing functionality or decreasing cost.

Variability Reduction

is a combination of approaches which reduce variability in products and processes, improving performance and yield, while reducing cost.

Vision Development

seeks to clearly articulate a compelling future state to which the organization may be steered. This is often a starting point for Strategic Planning or Policy Deployment.

Visual Management

organizes the physical work environment and work approaches in a manner that enables management at a glance.





























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