The LEAN principles are based on the fact that a company is the best when it minimizes wastes and maximizes the use of all available resources (minimizing losses). Implementing Lean policies and procedures in your company is a great way to increase productivity and operational efficiency as well as reduce and/ or eliminate wastage. To ensure that LEAN practices are used correctly in all your business processes, a LEAN audit is usually required. Several methods can be applied to conduct a LEAN audit. LEAN Audit by EXEGENS® is the ideal way to prevent potential customer auditing difficulties, the lack of improvement ideas, or the preparation of a regular audit of your group’s specialists.
The EXEGENS® Audit Procedure:
Step 1: Identify your business goals. The LEAN audit begins with checking current LEAN methodologies and aligning them with long-term goals and business mission and vision.
Step 2: Establish the audit plan. The LEAN audit should be performed by an audit team that has no interest in the outcome of the audit. The division of tasks will take account of current working standards and the possible objective problems of each area.
Step 3: Identify Current Strategies. The LEAN audit continues with the identification of current and necessary strategies on productivity, quality and cost at the basic, departmental and product family level;
Step 4: Policy Deployment Analysis. In this step we analyze the evolution of targets for: Overall Management Indicators (OMIs); Key Performance Indicators (KPls); Kaizen and Kaikaku Indicators (KKIs) and Daily Management Indicators (DMIs);
Step 5: Organize for Lean. This step analyzes how to organize the company from the perspective of the real involvement of all employees in the improvements and of the LEAN culture support mechanisms;
Step 6: Baseline Flow Query. This is done by analyzing the processes in the company in order to locate the opportunities for improving the current state in order to achieve the profit plan. The EXEGENS® scoring system that adapts to each company is used. The audit also covers a system of interviews with each manager and other selected employees. By querying the base flow, you will visibly display warnings in the work areas about changes that are necessary in the future;
Step 7: Written audit report and follow-up after audit. The best way to make sure your business is effectively using the LEAN methodology is to analyze each area of the core flow with each responsible zonal manager, based on the EXEGENS® audit report – after the audit has been completed. This checks whether all relevant issues have been addressed and new directions for LEAN MASTER PLAN are established. Later on, the LEAN team in the company will conduct the internal audit to verify progress and identify new opportunities.