Workflow Stability | Atkinson Consulting

How balanced is your store along with your processes? Are you on schedule? Do you could have bottlenecks in your store you could’t find? Generally this generally is a hidden drawback, so let’s shed some gentle on the topic.

For instance, let’s discuss a fictional screenprint store that’s owned by Fred.

Fred’s store has two computerized presses. One sneaky bottleneck that appears to consistently throw the manufacturing schedule off is that the print crew is at all times ready on screens. It’s onerous to maintain up with manufacturing calls for whenever you don’t have a optimistic workflow steadiness.

Principle of Constraints

Keep in mind, the idea of constraints says you could solely transfer as quick because the slowest a part of your course of.

In Fred’s store, they’re utilizing 91 screens per week between the 2 computerized presses. Recently, there was a push to lower the quantity of downtime within the store. Between conversations with the crew and looking out on the information, it seems that an excellent chunk of the problems appear to stem from the display screen room.

Right here’s the place the true hassle lies and it seems to be prefer it simply going to worsen. The store used 91 screens final week, however judging by the information collected by the display screen room crew, the store is out of steadiness with the demand.

Solely 37 screens have been reclaimed. 36 screens have been coated. 51 screens have been uncovered. And 61 screens have been washed out.

In case you have been Fred, what would you surmise concerning the display screen room work load steadiness?

Yep. That’s it out of whack.

Correcting the Stability

What must occur is that the workflow steadiness within the display screen room needs to be reclaiming and coating about the identical quantity that the store is exposing and washing out. It’s a provide and demand drawback.

Fred’s store is depleting the coated screens from their stock sooner than they’re replenishing them.

To not point out if they’re utilizing about 90 screens per week on common and solely exposing 50, an excellent chunk of the downtime of the store is spent ready on screens to be prepared to allow them to print.

It’s obvious that there’s a huge drawback, and it stems from truly not spending sufficient time doing the work. Like a number of outlets, there’s a manpower scarcity, and the person who handles the display screen room work has been pulled out and redeployed to fill in. This solved one drawback, however created one other.

What’s Consuming Your Time?

In your store, what’s consuming your time? Do you could have the sources and the information to dig in and unravel the thriller of clear up the issue?

By merely spending the trouble in capturing information after which graphing it, you possibly can unlock the solutions. It’s simpler to see what is occurring when you have a visualization of the store’s efficiency in entrance of you.

Deep down in your intestine, do you could have one thing that’s troubling you? I’d begin measuring your information. Get these numbers up and onto a graph.

Solely Three Issues Will Occur

As my buddy Mark Coudray at all times says, “There are solely three issues which can be going to occur, and solely certainly one of them is nice.”

  1. Issues are going to enhance.
  2. Issues are going to remain the identical.
  3. Issues are going to worsen.

Measuring the efficiency of your crew lets you perceive precisely what is occurring. In a producing atmosphere, which our business actually participates, there needs to be a balanced workflow.

Any bottleneck upsets that steadiness and someplace down the highway efficiency suffers. Prices enhance. Deadlines are missed. Frustrations construct.

Fingers begin getting pointed. Not good.

However, there’s a higher manner. One key to profitable manufacturing administration is acquiring correct data and doing one thing with it. One thing I’m consistently saying is that your “preparation determines your consequence.”

In case you want workflow steadiness in your store, begin measuring. Get the information in entrance of you with the intention to correctly put together and make higher choices.

“Nearly all high quality enchancment comes by way of simplification of design, manufacturing…format, processes, and procedures.” – Tom Peters

“Luck is a really skinny wire between survival and catastrophe, and never many individuals can preserve their steadiness on it.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“Effectivity is doing issues proper; effectiveness is doing the proper issues.” – Peter Drucker

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