evaluate your organization's synchronicity, use the Synchronous
Flow Manufacturing is sometimes used to define TOC, the Theory
of Constraints developed by Elihu Goldratt. However, Henry Ford
was the first to describe synchronization as a key method to eliminate
waste, saying "If it doesn't add value, it's waste." The Toyota
production system is based in part on synchronization of processes
to reduce non-value added time. Lean is about the elimination
of waste. Synchronous flow manufacturing has as its foundation
Lean thinking. The problem is, Lean or any other singular improvement
initiative, won't last.
reflecting the sobering news that the majority of improvement
initiatives undertaken have had either no, or negative, effect
on bottom-line performance. As the "ghost of past practices" crept
back into the work place, early gains were frequently lost and
morale often plummeted. While many (maybe most) Lean and continuous
improvement efforts have had very positive initial results, those
results were not sustainable.
It's not enough
to be Lean, to have synchronous flow manufacturing, to have continuous
improvement of processes. The challenge is to sustain the
gains. To achieve that, companies have to become Synchronous
* Incorporates the benefits of Lean thinking, Six Sigma philosophies,
Work Force empowerment, and ISO discipline;
* Benefits from having common goals and focuses shared by ALL
those benefits in the market to create a competitive advantage.
Flow Organization thinks horizontally and acts on the time-based
flow of orders, materials, information, and finances in a
synergistic, consistent, value-added way. It is characterized
by shared common goals: to drive out cost; to increase speed-to-market;
and to improve the flow of value-added products and/or services.
Everyone commits to his/her role in achieving and sustaining success
over the long haul.
Flow Organization is structured to support flow. Core processes
are synchronized to achieve maximum flow. Leadership connects
strategic direction to operational efforts. They provide
consistency and clarity to the organization using metrics that
compare actual to targets, performance feedback, and auditing.