Lean and Continuous Improvement

What is lean and continuous improvement? It’s listening intently to employees’ ideas. Converting them into doable alternatives. Then, helping everyone own the new process.

Daniel Penn Associates’ lean and continuous improvement model gets to the root of your operational problem. We recommend solutions that maximize layout, boost efficiency, eliminate redundant steps and smooth workflow. We make sure everyone is on board with the improvements through validation and training.

Success Stories

The Path to Sustainable Lean Transformation and Continuous Improvement

Lean tools and processes such as Product Quantity Analysis (PQ), Process Matrix, Spaghetti Charts, 5S, root cause analysis, value stream mappingcontinuous flow, Just-In-Time, SMED and Kanban deliver positive, often dramatic results, but sustaining these results is often difficult. DPA’s structured process can help you effectively lead your organization’s lean transformation.

DPA’s experienced consulting team helps everyone in your organization learn about lean processes, principles, tools and systems. We help you create an ideal state for your business or organization that builds on your strengths and addresses your weaknesses.

What are the lean and continuous improvement steps in our process?

What are the lean and continuous improvement steps in our process? The Lean Transformation Curve.

Assess Process & Culture – We begin with a cultural and enterprise-wide scan of your operation. We’ll identify your current lean maturity level, needs and opportunities for change. We assess your operating practices and processes, systems, delivery performance and costs. The assessment will help us develop strategies and recommend action plans, resources and timelines that are tailored to your needs. To get started, it will also identify initial target projects that align with your goals.

Assess process and culture for lean and continous improvement.

Develop Solutions – Based on the initial assessment, we

  • Facilitate the design and tactical approach for your lean transformation efforts
  • Provide lean training, knowledge and skills transfer to your people

These steps can help you build internal momentum and acceptance for lean initiatives.

Make the Changes – We help your teams carry out your lean and continuous improvement program. We help you implement new operating standards. We also support critical internal education and lean and continuous improvement training efforts that reinforce new ways of working. This process is holistic, hands-on, goal-oriented and never-ending.

Measure results for lean and continous improvement.

Measure Results – How are we doing? To track and report on your lean transformation’s benefits, we develop metrics for operational performance, quality and customer satisfaction.

Sustain the Gains – Management understanding and commitment. Audits. Keeping an eye on the goal. Through ongoing evaluation and in consultation with management, lean tools and training, we help management and employees sustain the new continuous improvement culture.

What Our Clients Say

 “I was surprised to learn how procedural changes can have such a big impact!”

“We know it will be important to obtain buy-in from our teams to achieve long term results.”

“[The Kaizen event DPA led] gave us lean improvement tasks we can work on immediately”.

Read more testimonials from DPA clients here.

Is your organization ready to begin its lean transformation?

Is your organization ready to begin its lean and continuous improvement transformation? Call DPA at 860.232.8577 or email info@danielpenn.com.