According to the Lean Enterprise Research Centre, sixty percent of production activities in a typical manufacturing operation are waste. What is the solution? Keep reading.
The solution is Lean ISO Management Systems. We offer companies consulting, training, and coaching to eliminate waste in their ISO management systems.
During my twenty-plus years of consulting and auditing, I have not seen a single ISO management system that was not over-documented. I wonder why companies are reluctant to confront their excessive number of documents, lengthy, unreadable manuals, and procedures wasting time and money. At one point, I started collecting data on what my customers thought about their own management systems, and the results were staggering.
Ninety-one percent of employees interviewed thought that their procedures were too long. Sixty-nine percent felt that documents were too wordy and poorly written. Fifty-one percent of the respondents stated that their management system procedures were hard to follow and full of duplicate information. Despite these facts, businesses continue burying themselves in unnecessary and complicated procedures. Companies neglect to train personnel on writing procedures and do not put mechanisms to filter out waste.
In this book, you will discover:
- How Lean methods improve ISO management systems
- Wastes that clutter and burden procedures
- Two simple tools to kill wastes in documents
- How to use the Lean-O-Meter to measure progress in your Lean project
- Twelve examples of Lean processes
- Dozens of templates of Lean procedures and recordsThe results of three case studies in the book demonstrate that Lean approaches work for ISO management systems. Folks with no prior experience in the field improved their systems beyond expectations.
And as the cherry on the cake, the book gives you a link to the complimentary download of the Lean Jump-Start Kit. If you, too, want to save your business money, get rid of waste in your ISO management system, and make it Lean and efficient, get your ISO Management Systems: The Lean Revolution Book.
The same, if not more, is in the ISO management systems documentation. We surveyed eighty-three management and supervisory personnel in seven companies in the manufacturing industry. The results were staggering. Almost all the folks interviewed thought their procedures were too long. Two-thirds felt that documents were too wordy and poorly written. Some half of the asked believed their procedures were too complicated and contained duplicate information.
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