There are many ways to approach to the issue of ‘lead time reduction’ in a business.
We can look at the interfaces between departments, we can look at changeover times, we can look at machine vulnerabilities and we can consider production flows and scheduling.
We can also look at how we, as leaders, change our minds and mess up the process with alternating priorities.
I realise that priorities will and do change. But sometimes priorities change because we perceive them to be needed to be changed. Could we find a way to hold off changing a priority and waiting until the current project, proposal or production is completed?
Being more systematic about our priority changes could make a huge difference to your output and also yield shorter lead times.
It has to my clients.
Author, Consultant and Chartered Engineer