Lean Process Events

The power of square one.

the logical steps

Jackpine’s Lean Process Events follow a logical process that leads to a successful conclusion.

Very similar to Kaizen, Jackpine Lean Events emphasize the importance of continuous, incremental improvements in processes and operations. Kaizen, which means “change for better” in Japanese, is a core principle of Lean, promoting ongoing efforts to enhance efficiency and productivity. Jackpine labor management projects often begin with an exhaustive Lean Process Event to help us determine production rates and engineering labor standards (ELS) for supply chain and distribution challenges.


the logical steps

It’s a Lean Process Event that can help you understand quickly and clearly where your biggest supply chain issues may be.

In our Lean Events, we will work with your staff at all levels to understand all your processes. In our Lean assessment/audit, together we will map out every physical touch and digital interaction in your facility so we can confidently identify value and eliminate waste in every aspect of your warehouse. We know what questions to ask, where to look, and how to get your people working together to fix problems that were right in front of you all the time.

Jackpine lean event steps:

  1. Understand Your Current State – Begin by analyzing existing labor processes and workflows to identify inefficiencies, bottlenecks, and opportunities for improvement. Use techniques such as value stream mapping to visualize the flow of work and identify areas of waste.
  2. Uncover Customer Value-adds – Clearly define every step that adds value to the customer versus steps that are wasteful, repetitive, and unnecessary.
  3. Engage Your Employees – Involve frontline employees and supervisors in the process of developing Engineered Labor Standards. They possess valuable insights into your day-to-day operations that can reveal realistic productivity targets.
  4. Standardize Work Processes – It helps employees to develop standardized work instructions that outline the sequence of tasks, expected cycle times, and quality standards. You’ll create consistency while reducing variability in labor performance.
  5. Conduct Time and Motion Studies – Jackpine uses time and motion studies to measure time required to complete specific tasks within the labor process. Break down work activities into manageable elements and analyze each element’s cycle time and work content.
  6. Establish Baseline Metrics – Establish baseline performance metrics based on the findings of time and motion studies. Define key performance indicators (KPIs) such as cycle time, throughput, and quality metrics to measure labor productivity accurately.
  7. Set Realistic Productivity Targets – Set realistic productivity targets based on historical performance data, industry benchmarks, and input from frontline employees. Ensure that productivity targets are challenging yet achievable and aligned with organizational goals.

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