On October 2nd, 3th and 4th was held LEAN Road Show 2018. Once again organization of the event was initiated by Next Consult, which this year celebrates its five-year anniversary as a partner of the 20 keys® methodology and the PPORF Development Institute Inc.'s LEAN Practices Institute.
On the occasion of its anniversary of the parnership, Next Consult organizes half-day LEAN training seminars in the cities of Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna. In particular, over 100 people from 80 companies in the field of construction, automation, transport, electronics and others participated.
The key elements of the 20 keys® management system, represented by Next Consult, were presented during the trainings. They were represented by Mr. Toshko Petkov, Business Consulting Partner at Next Consult with over 200 consulting projects in the field of LEAN transformation behind their back.
This company is familiar with the step by step implementation of individual keys in the 20-key system®, as well as the criteria and methods for measuring performance and the university for organizing the introduction of these characteristics.
Here you can watch a part from the lecture:
In the second part of the event, Next Consult's clients told more about the development and the path they went on. Their stories aroused great interest and raised many discussions among those present.
In Sofia the guest of the event was Mrs. Katerina Mikova, Marketing Manager of Rolplast Ltd. and facilitator of the project for implementation of 20 keys® in the company. Ms. Mikova told how with the help of LEAN in the company they improved important aspects of the organizational processes such as reduction of staff turnover, improvement of production quality, increase of production capacity, etc.
She also shared how remarkable results were achieved only with the introduction of the first 3 keys:
- "Arranging and organizing the workplace"
- "System rationalization / Goal synchronization"
- "Working in small groups"
"The production capacity at the expense of working time increased by about 20-30%. It took about 12 hours before the production volume. With only a few keys we worked on, that time was reduced to 7-8 hours a day. " - she said.
"The production capacity was increased by 20-30%. The volume if single production took us about 12 hours before. With only a few keys we worked on, that time was reduced to 7-8 hours a day, " - she said. "All this has led to increased staff motivation. The turnover was reduced because working hours became much more normal and the capacity increase did not come with an increase in staff and so with the reduction of working time people no longer had reason to be dissatisfied. This is important because when the staff is satisfied the management is also satisfied." – added Mrs. Mikova.
Another advantage of the introduction of the 20 keys® methodology, which Ms. Mikova pointed out, is the reduction of downtime due to machine breakdowns and interruption of work. The improvement has come about with the introduction of key 1, which is responsible for the Arranging and organizinizing the workplace, incl. checking the machine's working order.
From the other side, streamlining processes on Key 2 has led to reduced delivery times, both internal and external. Again in connection with key 2 and using Next Consult an analysis of the so-called. 'Dead warehouse' and measures were taken jointly to reduce stock availability, freeing up the company's large cash resources to invest in new machinery and equipment.
With the introduction of Key 3 - "Working in small groups"- there are suggestions for employees to improve key aspects of the organization's work, such as. improving the quality of production.
Another interesting contribution was that of Mr. Nikolay Boyadzhiev, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Maxcom, one of the leaders in bicycle manufacturing in Europe.
Here's how he commented on the need to introduce LEAN practices in Bulgarian companies: “The benefits are clear. I think that postponing such a decision will only hinder any business. Such practices are indispensable in Bulgaria. We trusted Next Consult because they are practitioners and also they are Bulgarians, and it does matter when we introduce a product that is available in 35 countries to comply with our culture, " said Mr. Boyadzhiev.
The event also featured other helpful practices from Next Consult's clients, such as Kalinel, a leading home textile manufacturer, Kamax, a leader in blinds and blinds, and more.
With these trainings, Next Consult hopes to help Bulgarian companies understand the importance of some basic elements for expanding their business such as higher quality, faster delivery times and lower production costs.
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