Military Plan

Military Plan, Production System Build Process

  1. Phase 1: Firstly Create Management Commitment. Benefit: Executive Buy-In and Commitment – Week 1
  2. Firstly, start a Military Office of Operational Excellence.
  3. Educate the Management Team on the System Improvement Process.
  4. Subsequently, start the Project Charter Build. This provides much-needed direction and project management guidance.
  5. Phase 2: Staffing. Benefit: Staffing Initiated, Project Selection, and Success Metric Agreement – Week 2 – 4
  6. Start the project off by bringing in 3 Black and 2 Green Belts. Start this early because this will take time and is a Critical Success Factor. Each Black Belt averages about $1 million of improvement cost savings.
  7. Initiate build of Continuous Improvement Program materials with 1 Green Belt.
  8. Select Improvement projects: (Your System is comprised of Value Streams and Overhead functions). Map Value Streams on critical military systems.
  9. For example start the build of your Military System Guiding Principles. This includes goals, and responsibilities designed to create an agile and robust military.
  10. Above all, Establish the Metrics that demonstrate System Success.
  11. Execute two important Lean Six Sigma tools. A “House of Quality” and a FMEA. A House of Quality aggregates information from customers, engineers, innovators, and competition to assist in product or service design. A FMEA (or Failure Modes and Effects Analysis) helps define and diminutize project risk.
  12. Phase 3: Military Plan Final Pre-Work. Benefit: Stage Set, Ownership Established – Week 5
  13. Educate War Fighters on Waste, or activities you would not willingly pay for. Use the Lean Six Sigma acronym DOWNTIMES. Setup an internal web page.
  14. Select Value Stream Managers. It’s important to future improvement that Value Streams have ownership. A Value Stream Manager would have additional time to perform other job functions such as managing other Value Streams or operational responsibility. Initiate Monthly Reporting.
  15. Phase 4: Initiate Improvement Effort. Benefit: Generate and Promote Measurable Benefits – Week 6 – 10
  16. Map and Improve the performance of each Value Stream. Value Streams (VS), as an example, include every process between customer order and customer delivery. VS performance is important, Process performance may not be. VS move your military system to create a focal point on Value Delivery. A VS gives the military:
    • – Profound Knowledge of Value Stream processes,
    • – Built-in performance metrics,
    • – Value Stream velocity improvement,
    • – Decreased Value Stream cost, and
    • – Increased Value Stream output quality.
  17. After that, investigate areas for Flow and Pull.
  18. Document and Promote the successes of targeting Value delivered, building project inertia.
  19. Certainly initiate an Education and Instruction Program to increase improvement velocity.
  20. Phase 5: Layer the Powerful Continuous Improvement Program. Benefit: Strive for Greatness – Week 11 – 12
  21. Seek Perfection. Set Continuous Improvement bogies. Start a Kata Continuous Improvement Program (11 CI ideas/person/year) on each Value Stream Mapped. This is a secret of Toyota’s Production System. It is a program, not a bolt on. Toyota uses this to continue its march to perfection. Note: Toyota will not expand their business if it risks this program.
  22. Therefore an Estimated Progress Milestone: At the end of the first quarter you will have put in place all the parts needed to optimize the implementation of your Production System. 4 Value Streams are Mapped and Improved. The next steps accelerate your march forward.
  23. Phase 6: Supply Chain. Benefit: Lower Acquisition Prices – Week 13
  24. Align your Supply Chain into three tiers of partners.
  25. Take Level 1 Supply Chain partners to Just in Time and help them get there. Have them decrease price every year as they improve.
  26. Set your Supply Chain improvement bogies.
  27. Phase n: Military Plan Future Steps Towards Your Production System
  28. (Optional, based on aggressiveness) Hire more Black and Green Belts. This will ramp up the improvement effort through your system.
  29. Select additional critical Value Streams to Map, and so on throughout the whole company. The company now has a focal point on the Value Add it creates for customers.

Estimated Progress Milestones:

For example, at the rate of 5 Values Streams Mapped and Improved every 4 weeks you will have:

  • First Quarter: 9 Value Streams
  • Second Quarter: 24 Value Streams
  • Third Quarter: 39 Value Streams
  • Fourth Quarter: 54 Value Streams
  • Second Year: 114 Value Streams (or more if you continue to staff up)

Benefits of your new Production System:

  • Above all a Profound Knowledge of your Production System,
  • Operational Excellence (a competitive advantage),
  • Moreover increased Value Stream velocity,
  • Likewise decreased costs,
  • Improved integration with Suppliers,
  • Increased product/service quality and finally, and
  • Continued Improvement with a quest for Perfection

This is a big effort but unlike other projects, measurable benefits start within the second month. This effort will move your business to constantly change, create an improvement culture, and comes with Performance Metrics. Your military is certainly now on its way to excellence.