Military Plan

Military System Improvement Build Process

2 Year High-Level Plan

  1. Phase 1: *** Exec Buy In, Set up Office, Guiding Principals, Education ***
  2. Firstly Create Management Commitment. Benefit: Exec Buy-In and Commitment
  3. Firstly, start a Military Office of Operational Excellence.
  4. For example, start the build of your Military System Guiding Principles. This includes goals, and responsibilities designed to create an agile and robust military, if not currently existing.
  5. Educate the Management Team on the System Improvement Process.
  6. Phase 2: *** Staff, Project Charter, Project Selection ***
  7. Staffing. Benefit: Staffing Initiated, Project Selection, and Success Metric Agreement
  8. 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.
  9. Subsequently, start the Project Charter Build. This provides much-needed direction and project management guidance.
  10. Select Improvement projects: (Your System is comprised of Value Streams and Overhead functions). Map Value Streams on critical military systems.
  11. Phase 3: *** Standardize, Level, & Flow ***
  12. SDD – Standardize, Document, and Display.
  13. Investigate Production Leveling Options. This can smooth Military processes.
  14. Identify areas of Flow. The optimal process to process handoff.
  15. Find ripe areas to implement Pull.
  16. Evaluate andon as an option. andon means that you stop to fix a defect when detected. Toyota still averages 800 a year. This helps create a learning organization.
  17. Phase 4: *** Continuous Improvement, Metrics, & Lean six sigma Tools Education ***
  18. Initiate build of Kata Continuous Improvement Program materials – 1 Black Belt.
  19. Select Value Stream Managers.
  20. Above all, Establish the Metrics that demonstrate System Success.
  21. Education on Lean Six Sigma tools.
  22. Phase 5: *** Update Plan, Education, Reporting, & Mapping ***
  23. Military Plan Final Pre-Work. Benefit: Stage Set, Ownership Established
  24. 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.
  25. Initiate Monthly Reporting.
  26. Map and Improve the performance of each Value Stream. As an example, value Streams (VS) include every process between customer order and customer delivery. VS performance is essential, 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.
  27. Phase 6: *** Supply Chain ***
  28. Supply Chain. Benefit: Lower Acquisition Prices
  29. Align your Supply Chain into 6 tiers of partners.
    1. Tier 1: Critical and Just-in-Time,
    2. Tier 2: Critical and Just-in-Time possible,
    3. Tier 3: Critical but no Just-in-Time,
    4. Tier 4: Other suppliers that deliver Just-in-Time,
    5. Tier 5: Other suppliers Just-in-Time Possible, and
    6. Tier 6: Other non-critical suppliers.
  30. Explore enhanced relationships with Tier 1.
  31. Include in contracts a constant push for increased Sigma performance.
  32. Determine which Tier 2 Suppliers could move to Just-in-Time
  33. Phase 7: *** Document Success & Educate ***
  34. Document and Promote the successes of targeting Value delivered and building project inertia.
  35. Certainly initiate an Education and Instruction Program to increase improvement velocity.
  36. Phase n: *** Military Plan Future Steps Towards Your Production System ***
  37. (Optional, based on aggressiveness) Hire more Black and Green Belts. This will ramp up the improvement effort through your system.
  38. Select additional critical Value Streams to Map, and so on throughout the whole company. The company now has a focal point on the value-added 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 Military 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 undoubtedly now on its way to excellence.