Continuous Improvement Services
Group50®, specializes in working with clients to improve productivity (achieving more with less) throughout their business. We do this through several productivity improvement approaches:
- Continuous Improvement
- Productivity Cycle
- Business Process Optimization
- Business Transformation
- Leveraging technology
Continuous Improvement is often thought of as a cultural mindset of incremental process improvements throughout the business. Our approach is to work with clients on productivity projects and apply Continuous Improvement tools to small and large projects that make a difference in the business. We deliver training on the use of those tools just in time. This approach gets attention on the value of continuous improvement and provides the value proposition for developing a continuous improvement program.
Designing the right Continuous Improvement program requires an understanding of Continuous Improvement maturity of the company as shown below:
Our program is guided by our change management framework called the Business Hierarchy of Needs ® which outlines the considerations for creating sustainable change in the business.
The sequence Group50® follows typically consists of these elements.
- Identifying Continuous Improvement projects that support the company’s Most important Goal and strategies.
- Assessing Continuous Improvement Maturity to understand the appropriate approach to selected projects.
- Creating project charters to support each project which include defining the appropriate methods, tools and training.
- Creating an implementation plan that is satisfies the company’s unique Business Hierarchy of Needs®
- Designing the management review process
Utilizing Continuous Improvement tools at the business process level requires that you know which tools are required for each of the 7 business processes you live or die by. Group50’s Continuous Improvement consultants know when to use tools such as Value Stream Mapping, Statistical Process Control, Six Sigma, 5S, Kaizen and others for the purposes of redesigning workflows and measuring performance. We provide a full complement of training programs that are customized for the specific needs of each client and come with a perpetual internal use license. Our consultants are especially skilled in Manufacturing, Distribution and Services businesses.
We work closely with senior leadership to design the Continuous Improvement program. It takes planning, alignment, training, time and patience. These five elements are part of an effective change management plan. They must be done in the proper sequence, support the strategic objectives of the company and they require the commitment of senior leadership.
Continuous Process Improvement Consultants
Group50’s Process Improvement Consultants understand the process for developing and sustaining a Continuous Improvement program as a result of implementing them in large and small companies, and in every functional area in a business: Marketing, Engineering, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Distribution and Finance.
In order to help clients understand Continuous Improvement and to help them assess where their current programs stand, we have created a series of assessments and workshops:
- Creating the Business Case for Continuous Improvement
- Implementing a Successful Continuous Improvement Program
- Continuous Improvement Process Assessment
- Sustaining a Continuous Improvement Program
Many companies have Six Sigma as part of their strategic plans and continuous improvement program. Group50 offers a unique approach to implementing Six Sigma which requires a fully developed change management plan, typically starting with a leadership workshop designed to think through and design a Six Sigma program. Our workshops are focused on developing certified Six Sigma Black Belts and Green Belts by implementing projects that arise from the leadership workshop. This approach provides immediate payback to the business as a result of implementing projects through these workshops.
- Six Sigma Leadership Workshop
- Six Sigma Black Belt Workshop for Manufacturing
- Six Sigma Black Belt Workshop for Service Companies
We have written many articles on the topic of Continuous Improvement, and you can view them here. Our specialty is working with clients through the implementation of programs to assure that every employee has the right understanding and skills to sustain the program after we leave.