Jim Shore, the Principal of Quality Lean Solutions, recently contributed the first in a series on the blog, Demand-Driven Matters by Synchrono. In the guest blog series, Shore shares experiences implementing supplier quality and Lean manufacturing initiatives, with a focus on eKanban software.
Shore offers advice for planning an eKanban rollout; suggestions that can also be applied across any Lean manufacturing project. Successful projects start with buy-in from the top and an eKanban initiative is no exception. At a minimum, Shore suggests recruiting an executive sponsor to serve as the project spokesperson – someone who will fully support and clearly communicate with all stakeholders the rationale for the project.
“I know it sounds simple. Even though the benefits to the business are real, such as reduced inventory waste and carrying costs and more, asking people to change the way they work is also real. Let your leaders know project success is accelerated through gaining universal buy-in,” explained Shore.
From the plant floor to senior management, buy-in starts with a clear rationale and explanation of how the new eKanban process or Lean methodology will add value. Leaders must effectively engage all levels of the team, explaining how the new process is great for them, the company, the customer, and suppliers (for those using supplier Kanbans).
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