Conducting A Detailed Lean Assessment of Shop Floor Operations
Teaching a Workshop (Including or Not including a plant tour)
Conducting a Video-Aided or Simulation-Aided Learning Seminar
Supporting a kaizen team seeking ideas on how to improve their project
Leading a kaizen team on a 3-5 days kaizen
Mentoring an intern hired by the company
Leading a discussion on pros and cons of a new manufacturing technology
Moderating a deep-dive discussion on a management bestseller book
Arranging a benchmarking visit to a non-competitor company that I know
Teaching a tutorial on a new method (or tool) for Continuous Improvement
Arranging for a software demo by an invited vendor
Participating, mainly as an observer, in strategic planning meetings of the executive team
A Unique Model for Delivering Consulting Services
In the case of a client in Houston, I work for 1-3 days full-time every week at the client’s facility throughout my period of engagement with them. However, in the case of an out-of-state client, assuming that they will hire 1-2 interns to work under my supervision for 3-6 months, I prefer to work for 2-3 days full-time every alternate week at the client’s facility.5
I guide and mentor in-house teams for the different projects.
I give relevant training to in-house teams specific to their projects.
I recruit, train, supervise and mentor IE interns to support my projects and training events at the client’s facility throughout my period of engagement.
If a reputed IE department is located nearby, I engage their students through their co-curricular programs to support my projects and training events at the client’s facility throughout my period of engagement.
Examples of On-site and Off-site Activities
Observe and learn!
Photograph different occurrences of the Seven Types of Waste and poor manufacturing practices (especially safety and ergonomics) to include in training presentations
Conduct training workshops on Lean to educate employees and managers
Work with the project teams
Mentor and supervise the intern/s to (1) align their work with the projects and (2) teach them subject matter related to the projects
Meet with appropriate managers and execs concerning the projects
Work with employees and managers to implement their ideas for improvement projects that they decide to do
Write the Activity Report after each visit concludes
Write a Confidential Memo after each visit about issues/concerns with suggestions for remedial actions
Review reports and presentations prepared by the interns
Develop reports and presentations with the interns
Analyze data relevant to the projects and advise the appropriate project teams
Do online research about software tools and other technology on the market
Do online research to obtain subject matter pertinent to different projects