But in all too many cases, when the leader who championed TPS left his or her organization, these efforts began slipping. The authors know this firsthand: This happened at Wisconsin-based ThedaCare. They include the following: incorporating TPS in succession planning for the CEO and board members, instilling lean behaviors in managers at all levels, creating your own success stories, and establishing a TPS operating system. We know this firsthand: This happened at Wisconsin-based ThedaCare. We developed these practices by studying several leading health systems around the world, but they would pay dividends for any leaders and teams who struggle to keep up with customer demand, navigate internal hierarchies, and build a lasting continuous-improvement system. Include TPS in succession planning.
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The term continuous improvement is fairly self-explanatory. It almost seems too simple, but this industry buzzword is about continually improving your business, processes, and way of working. How you go about studying, planning, implementing and evolving that improvement is where it gets more complicated.
As I conduct assessments at organizations that have made attempts to implement lean manufacturing , I consistently observe similar results. The company has sometimes received assistance from an outside source, either in some form of training or kaizen event. There is a lean cell here and some form of a pull system there. Some attempts have been made at a 5-S implementation, with a couple of tool boards in place and a few documents posted that no one looks at. Changeover time at some equipment has been reduced, and there is some form of a Total Productive Maintenance program with a preventive maintenance schedule that is not up to date.