No time to start a new project
Most often we hear: "We don't have time to start a new project.", when talking to companies about improving their production. We can understand such arguments. Often projects of implementing new ways of working can take up a lot of time companies simply don't have. Furthermore, a way of working that can lead to an increased production is not tangible. People are not easily convinced of its effectiveness. When buying an extra machine you know exactly the extra production capacity. However, what use does it have when your process is not optimized and the machine is not fully utilized?
Why you should start with Continuous Improvement
Continuous Improvement is not a (one-off) project and implementing it does not take up much time. Actually, in the beginning you don't change anything. Everyone keeps working the way they were, except they register all disruptions that causes downtime and annoyances. At the same time you stimulate the employees to make small improvements every day. They will feel involved and start to improve more and more. It is an ongoing workflow where improving the production process continuously becomes a second nature.
Continuous Improvement is all about making small, incremental changes that will provide more customer value. It costs less and can be done much quicker than significant improvement projects. It will automatically lead to better business results, such as: increased and more efficient production, less costs and more profits.