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Standard Business Roadmap

Implementation Manual

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A lean transformation can enable operations to drive the overall business strategy, through the creation of many tangible business benefits. Quality may increase through improved process yields and reduce scrap and rectification costs. Cost improves through reduced conversion costs, improved cash flow, and higher return on assets. Delivery can improve through shortened production lead times which more flexible operations that can respond quickly to changes in customer demand.

Despite attempts, most businesses have not been able to capture or sustain the benefits of a lean transformation. Lean manufacturing represents a fundamental change and most businesses have pursued change in tactical, rather than a strategic manner. Most failed lean transformations can be attributed to lack of true senior management commitment and understanding of the change process. Moreover, the methodology of many companies is to rely on a series of quick-hit approaches that deliver short term benefits, but aren’t sustainable in the longer term. Add to this the reluctance of many companies to consider the business as a whole rather than just concentrating on operations or manufacturing and you have a recipe for failure.

Lean Manufacturing Guide

The team at Beyondlean have recognised and experienced these potential pitfalls and have created a programme that can help lead a business through the change process. This Lean Guide, The Standard Business Roadmap (SBR) takes a narrow and deep approach by focusing on a model value stream. The SBR programme creates the lean manufacturing infrastructure to maximise the chance of sustainability. Ultimately, the SBR cannot guarantee the sustainability of the system if the Business is not willing to invest the required time, resource, and commitment to the change process. If a business is ready to embark on this lean manufacturing journey, then manufacturing operations can not only become a competitive advantage, but also deliver new strategic opportunities.

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