Do your company have locations in different places?
Is it difficult to coordinate and standardize best practice across your facilities?
Using digital lean tools and digital lean boards as a method to standardize and communicate best practice will help you manage a multi-location business with better results. Share your learning and optimized processes across teams, facilities and locations to utilize the potential in lean thinking.
Proper communication is often difficult to master. We can talk, but we often fail to communicate. Communication is all about getting the receiver to understand your message. How you succeed is often NOT saying what you think, but to communicate it in a way the receiver can interpret.
Different professions and positions, different backgrounds, different locations are all factors in communication quality. When you are responsible for operations across locations, that being factories, labs, teams or offices, it can be hard to achieve effective learning horizontally.
Even though LEAN is a principle build on a learning culture, the results are often optimized within departments or locations. One way to mitigate this and achieve better results overall is to coordinate the learnings, gather best practices and standardize as much as possible across your organization.
Most lean organizations still use traditional boards with markers, magnets, post-its and charts printed on paper. First of all, a lot of time and effort is spent daily on extracting the necessary data for your KPIs. Charts must be updated in Excel, printed and placed on the board manually and it requires regular attendance to maintain your boards.
The board itself works fine, but they don’t facilitate any follow up or learning across teams.
One whiteboard, one layout, one practice.
A successful team can easily create strong ownership to their success. This includes all their decisions, processes, tools and methods. This will contradict the lean principles (yokoten) as a true lean culture is a learning culture. Being open to learning is being open to change for the better (kaizen).