SSI different from other business solution providers?
-----The majority of Lean and continuous improvement initiatives
have either no or negative long term impact on the business results.
Unlike most providers, SSI believes long term sustainable solutions
do not come from an amalgamation of "point" initiatives. Nor do
we believe in "endless" consulting engagements. Rather, we focus
on a holistic approach that aligns and synchronizes a company's
key processes, and thoroughly engages the entire workforce, from
top management to shop floor personnel, in the implementation
of a custom solution, one which provides lasting results.
holistic approach a large undertaking?
----- SSI employs a very focused and structured project timeline
to facilitate the implementation of SPM. Implementation time will
vary based on the size and complexity of the organization, but
a typical timeframe for an average sized company is twenty-six
weeks. Smaller implementations can be accomplished in as little
as sixteen weeks.
holistic important? Why can't I just focus on my shop floor?
----- Studies show that "point" implementations generally do not
produce sustainable results, and in many cases produce negative
consequences. SPM insures that all of a company's processes are
aligned to support operational objectives, which provides a platform
for long term sustainability.
I need a process manual? I have supervisors to direct my workers.
----- A process manual or "Answer Book" is a means of documenting
a company's processes so that the workforce has a consistent guide.
Having formal processes insures repeatability and consistency
in how a company operates.
a visual workplace?
----- The term "visual workplace" means that a company is organized
in a way that allows easy assessment of how work is flowing and
immediate warning of impending bottlenecks in the flow of work.
This makes work processes more reliable.
requires me to become ISO certified. Why shouldn't I just
----- SSI strongly supports ISO 9000/2002 and ISO-TS 16949. ISO
is a quality management system and provides better and more sustainable
results when implemented in an environment already well defined
the same as Lean?
----- While it incorporates many of the same concepts, SPM is
much more than Lean. SPM also focuses on appropriate organizational
design to support synchronous flow companies as well as leadership
and sustainability tools.
Synchronous Flow mean?
----- Synchronous flow means that work is pulled through a company's
processes as a direct result of demand for product. This structure
insures that resources are not wasted on production of goods that
are not needed. It also creates a very clear focus on what needs
to be done and in what sequence to work. See
the Synchronous Flow Assessment.
I just use my financial results as metrics?
----- Financial results are lagging measures, sometimes telling
you how you did weeks or months ago. In order to know how you
are doing now, more immediate operationally oriented measures
so important about a global supply chain?
----- Whether you serve only a local market, or are a multinational
corporation, synchronizing with your suppliers and customers allows
you to be more competitive. More and more, your competition is
coming from everywhere. You can be sure that at least some of
them are synchronizing their supply chain, allowing them to reduce
costs, increase speed-to-market, and lower prices.
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