Lean Process Creation teaches the specific frames—the 6CON model—to look through to properly design any new process while optimizing the value-creating resources. The framing is applicable to create any process that involves people, technology, or equipment—whether the application is in manufacturing, healthcare, services, retail, or other industries. If you have a process, this approach will help. The result is 30% to 50% improvement in first-time quality, customer lead time, capital efficiency, labor productivity, and floorspace that could add up to millions of dollars saved per year. More important, it will increase both employee and customer satisfaction.
The book details a case study from a manufacturing standpoint, starting with a tangible example to reinforce the 6CON model. This is the first book written from this viewpoint—connecting a realistic transformation with the detailed technical challenges, as well as the engagement of the stakeholders, each with their own bias. Key points and must-do actions are sprinkled throughout the case study to reinforce learning from the specific to the general. In this study, an empowered working team is charged with developing a new production line for a critical new product. As the story unfolds, they create an improved process that saves $5.6 million (10x payback on upfront resource investment) over the short life cycle of the product, as well as other measurable benefits in quality, ergonomics, and delivery. To an even greater benefit, they establish a new way of working that can be applied to all future process creation activities.
Some organizations have tried their version of Lean process design following a formula or cookie-cutter approach. But true Lean process design goes well beyond forcing concepts and slogans into every situation. It is purposeful, scientific, and adaptable because every situation starts with a unique current state. In addition, Lean process design must include both the technical and social aspects, as they are essential to sustaining and improving any system.
Observing the recurring problem of reworking processes that were newly launched brought the authors to the conclusion that a practical book focused on introducing the critical frames of Lean process creation was needed. This book enables readers to consider the details within each frame that must be addressed to create a Lean process. No slogans, no absolutes. Real thinking is required. This type of thinking is best learned from an example, so the authors provide this case study to demonstrate the thinking that should be applied to any process. High volume or low, simple or complex mix, manufacturing or service/transactional—the framing and thinking works. Along with the thinking, readers are enabled to derive their own future states. This is demonstrated in the story that surrounds the case study.
Foreword by Jim Morgan, PhD
Section-1: Setting the Stage
Chapter-1: The Situation
The Steering Team – State of the Business
The Design Review
High Voltage Switch Product Overview – Concept 1
Lessons from the Factory Floor
Kaizen or Touzen?
The Stages of Lean Process Creation
The Steering Team – Establishing a Cadence
Must-Do Actions for Getting Started
Key Questions for Getting Started
Section-2: Innovative Lean Process Development
One Day Later
The Value Stream
Objectives and Targets
The Value Stream’s Operating Strategy
The War Room
The Steering Team – Learning to be Helpful
Must-Do Actions for Context
Key Questions for Context
Natural Cycle Time
Work Combination Table
The Steering Team – Depth, then Breadth
Must-Do Actions for Concepts
Key Questions for Concepts
Creativity Before Capital Revisited
The Steering Team – Planning for Breadth
Must-Do Actions for Converge
Key Questions for Converge
Engaging the remaining Enterprise
Common and Unique Parts
Workplace Design Details
Supporting the Team Members
The Steering Team – Normal vs. Abnormal
Supporting the Team Members – Take 2
Must-Do Actions for Configure
Key Questions for Configure
Value Stream Readiness
Trail #1 – Poor Planning
The Steering Team – Waiting for a Signal
Trail #2 – Back on Track
Trial #3 – Quality Strikes!
The Steering Team – Helpful Help: Responding to the Signal
Trail #4 – Back on Track Again
Trail #5 – Safety & Engineering Support
Trial #6 – The Details
The Steering Team - Confirmed
Must-Do Actions for Confirm
Key Questions for Confirm
Chapter-7: Continuously Improve
The Team Reflects
The Steering Team - Six Months Post-Launch
The Steering Team - Twelve Months Post-Launch
Must-Do Actions for Continuously Improve
Key Questions for Continuously Improve
An Action Plan for Today
The Work: The 6Con Model and Key Starter Questions from each Chapter
About the Authors
"Eric and Matt have thought about why most kaizen is really rework for poorly designed processes. They have developed a way to align all parts of an organization to eliminate waste of all sorts in production processes before the start of production. I’m delighted with their important contribution to Lean Thinking that goes far beyond 3P and other methods of process development."
-- James P. Womack, PhD, Co-founder of the global Lean movement; Co-Author, Lean Thinking and The Machine That Changed The World; Founder, Lean Enterprise Institute
"Making things is important. Making things well with high quality, on time and low cost with improvements everyday leads to success and prosperity. The Power of Process both outlines the end goals and provides a realistic story of the path for getting to extraordinary goals. The book is well worth an investment of time and energy."
-- Don Runkle, Senior Multi-Industry Executive; Former CTO & Board Member, Delphi Automotive Systems; Former Engineering VP, General Motors
"With The Power of Process, Matt Zayko and Eric Ethington give us something unique in the world of books about continuous improvement, management, and work design, which typically focus on either the product or the people creating it: this book shares a practical approach for engaging people in developing great processes. Anyone involved in designing or managing work should keep this book handy for quick reference on their physical or digital desktop."
-- John Shook, Chairman Lean Global Network
"The timing for this book could not be better. Many organizations are so very frustrated with their lack of CI progress. This framework is certain to help them to close the gap and adds context to demystifying lean transformation. And I love the presentation of learning through doing using case studies to cement the approach."
-- Crystal Davis, Founder & CEO, The Lean Coach Inc.; Experienced Operations and Engineering Leader at Fortune 50 Companies
"Finally, a book that lays out how to apply lean concepts to the process development phase through launch. The authors have done an excellent job of showing the benefits of engaging a cross functional team early on in the process so that touzen (rework) does not take place after launch. I only wish this book would have been in print earlier in my career."
-- Mary O'Neill, Senior Vice President Lean Manufacturing, Gates Industrial Corp
"The Power of Process is a remarkable guide and a must-read primer for anyone considering embarking on their own process design transformation. Through this self-reflective story, we are challenged by the reality in which we live today and inspired to drastically change our future -- NOW."
-- Mari Cummins, Retired Vice-President of Operations Excellence, Cardinal Health; Coach for the Master of Business of Operational Excellence at Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University