One of my favorite aspects of working with clients is seeing the “a-ha!” moments – when a team embraces the changes and starts to drive the move to Lean, it is a great experience.
Even better, though, is watching the results that the team can achieve just a few weeks later. This is particularly common when teams are implementing demand-driven pull techniques. For example, I have seen numerous teams implement pull electronic Kanban systems to control finished goods, work-in-process, or raw materials, and within just a few weeks achieve reductions in cycle times and inventory of 15-30%.
For example, we recently completed a project at MeadWestvaco that implemented electronic Kanban on thousands of their finished goods. They were able to design this in a quick 2-day Pull Design Workshop, and then implement the design in a quick pilot project. The team was up and running within a few weeks, and were able to quickly reduce inventory by several million dollars.
Bottom line on what I love most about implementing pull: helping teams design the right approach to pull, and then watching them achieve amazing results quickly.
Post written by Tom Knight