Incremental change in an organisation is like a ripple in a pond. Small changes can have large ripple effects.
There are many ways to ensure that you can maximise the effect of the changes you make. A first principle of continuous improvement is to have good information. Good information comes from good data.
What kind of data can you collect to bring about significant improvement in efficiency and productivity?
I think a really good place to start is to look at the things that get in the way of completing tasks when and how you would like. You may be surprised at the time you can save by eliminating the hassles from every day tasks. So what are you likely to find? Here are a few examples.
- Equipment not put back where it should be
- Equipment & materials not stored in the most efficient way
- Missing materials (ie no system for re-order)
- You can’t remember what to do because its been a long time
- Information is hard to get
- You have been “working around” a problem for some time
- Equipment failure on a regular basis
- No consistency in how it is done
Once you have gathered data, ideally over a period of time, you will be able to apply the 80/20 rule to decide on the first place to start. The 80/20 rule says that 20% of the issues will be causing 80% of the problems, so tackle them first.
One drop in the pond will create endless ripples that will make a big difference to your business.