Lean Consulting (No, this is not a commercial!)
Don't let the title fool you - this is not a puff piece about our services.
We are often asked about how to evaluate different consulting proposals. In response, we've tried to impartially provide some tips about objectively ranking various consulting approaches:
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Lean Consulting - (No, this is not a commercial!)
Wait, we know what you are thinking - an article written by a Lean Six Sigma consulting firm about how to choose between Lean manufacturing consultants sounds suspiciously self-serving. It recalls the old saying, "Never ask a barber if you need a haircut".
To put your concerns to rest, we actually have a pretty good track record of not taking ourselves too seriously. To prove we do have a sense of humor about Lean consultants take a quick detour to read our tongue-firmly-in-cheek article "A Lean Holiday Tradition"
But selecting a Lean consultant is a serious subject so - remembering the promise not to make this a commercial - let's address some of the common questions that we hear.
Question: Does our company even need a Lean Six Sigma consultant? Can't we do it ourselves?
Answer: It is definitely possible to learn and implement Lean independently. After all, the first companies to adopt Lean did so before Lean consultants were even invented. And there is some validity to the idea that a 100% internal program will best fit the culture of the organization. When evaluating the home-grown option, three important points to consider are:
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