What is Lean Process Improvement?

Lean continuous improvement.

 Lean Process Improvement is the process of continually reviewing a process identifying waste or areas in a process map that can be improved. It is an ongoing feedback process of loop that over time improves the business through better processes. 

Lean is a user-focused methodology used to continuously improve any process through the elimination of waste in everything an organization does; it is based on the ideas of “Continuous Incremental Improvement” and “Respect for People.”

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 Lean bpm software.

There are a lot of business process management software out there. But very few are build with Lean methodologies in mind. Here is a quick checklist to look out for when assessing BPM software with lean capabilities: 

  1. Does the software allow for Lean Tagging?
  2. Does the software enable fast feedback from all the stakeholders?
  3. Can process variation be managed between different locations and sites?
  4. Can the BPM software track waste and costs?
  5. is the software easy to use, so staff want to use it 
  6. Does the software meet your security requirements so your improvements aren“t shared with compatitors

5s lean manufacturing.

5S methodology originated in manufacturing and is now being applied to a wide variety of industries including health care, education, and local government — many local government organizations use Promapp. Process maps become a crucial part of a lean business following the 5s methodology because visually seeing a process enables quick identification of areas of improvement.

Toyota lean manufacturing.

Promapp will enable Toyota Australia to turn knowledge currently held in static Visio charts and procedure documents currently held in Word or Excel files into clean, simple process maps that everyone can follow and access.  It will also help to mitigate risk, enabling the company to capture processes for subsequent operational improvement at the same time as staff functions change and new teams are deployed.

“We didn’t previously have a holistic system for managing processes and only used Visio when we needed to map processes on a project by project basis.  Moving forward, we determined that Visio was counter-productive to what we wanted to achieve”, says Delardes.

Once fully deployed across the organisation, Promapp will capture critical end to end business processes across different team functions, including vehicle pricing, vehicle launches, finance, purchasing, fleet sales, and technical services.  It will also help to rapidly train new staff on an ongoing basis. 

“We know with Promapp that we’ll be able to capture information and make it accessible across functions, providing everyone with a strong foundation to work from.  We’ll also be able to capture existing processes and record new ones, and help keep staff engaged with the overall business. [...] [Continue reading here]

 

Why companies choose Promapp to manage their Lean requirements?

Promapp has proven itself an ideal Business Process Management toolset to complement these methodologies by making it simple to take the ideas scribbled on post-it notes or whiteboards and incorporate them into easy-to-follow business processes that can be used by teams every day. And now, with the launch of Lean Taggingfunctionality, it’s even easier for organizations to bridge the gap between lean initiatives and business as usual.

"In 2008 we began looking at Lean Six Sigma ways of approaching processes. Promapp was in line with them both, with the ability to provide documentation at the right level. Because, more than just processes, we were looking at a launchpad for continuous improvement that would also provide us with monitoring and measurability."

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