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Lean Six Sigma goes well beyond manufacturing – Why has the DMAIC approach found success in so many organizations and with all types of people and challenges? What does it mean for your industry and customers?

By Beauchamp Consulting / May 22, 2020 /

As an industry executive and college professor, I have had the privilege of teaching thousands of people across a multitude of industries how to accomplish real positive change by harnessing the power of Lean Six Sigma.  It works.  The reason it works is that it teaches people who are experts in their own process how…

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New college Business & Engineering graduates benefit from learning Lean Six Sigma problem solving approach – Hiring managers are looking for people who can transition quickly from the university to the working environment. Lean Six Sigma Project management bridges from textbook to workforce.

By Beauchamp Consulting / May 22, 2020 /

Hiring managers are looking for people who can transition quickly from the university to the working environment.  Young engineers and technical leaders who can hit the ground running with knowledge of project management, problem-solving and facilitation skills will rapidly distinguish themselves from their peers.  Lean Six Sigma teaches a disciplined approach to problem solving which…

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The world is flat; How to optimize locations and layout to drive customer satisfaction? – Are you leaking money to service customers and markets?

By Beauchamp Consulting / May 22, 2020 /

Have you wondered how retail stores have what you need regardless of how obscure it may be.  A Fortune 100 company learned a valuable lesson when it switched from a distribution model to a direct-to-retail supplier.  The problem they were trying to solve through this change was extended lead time which lead to empty retail…

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What are the obstacles to Shared Services and do they outweigh the benefits? -Successful Shared Service execution is all in the “What’s” and the “How’s”

By Beauchamp Consulting / May 22, 2020 /

Have you experienced or heard of shared service consolidation failures?  Shared Services is a concept that is easy to throw around but can be difficult to execute.  Many of us have participated in a board room session to draw up a plan to share services among locations only to see it take longer to execute…

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Why do I need an Operations Strategy? – Having a clear Operations path for capital investments and cost management so that customers and other stakeholders are satisfied will help you drive long term success…..

By Beauchamp Consulting / May 22, 2020 /

How much time does your organization spend on finance, marketing and commercial strategy and execution?  What about operations?  Does it feel as if your operations functions are getting in the way of success?  Are you sacrificing front-end initiatives due to poor financial performance from operations?  What is your level of operational confidence?  These are great…

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How do you squeeze blood from a rock? – Achieving productivity year-after-year requires a creative, employee driven approach to operational excellence.

By Beauchamp Consulting / May 22, 2020 /

Taking cost out of your operations is easy, if you know where to look. But taking cost out consistently year-after-year can be very challenging, especially if your Corporate Strategy focuses only on bottom-line productivity as an alternative to top-line sales growth.  I recall going through a particular difficult time during our annual productivity reviews. My…

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Best-in-class in the automotive sector – New trends are changing the automotive industry to digitize their operations to manage data more effectively. Who’s leading the pack?

By Beauchamp Consulting / May 13, 2020 /

Powerful macro-economic forces are imposing changes across all business sectors; one could argue the transportation sector is experiencing the most drastic and rapidly changing conditions. Car makers have constantly shifted gears to adapt to consumer demand. Recent trends include autonomous vehicles, shared transportation, electrification, mass customization and increasing demand for data connectivity. Adding another layer…

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How an objective 3rd party can bring out the best in your organization – An outsider can bring a fresh and objective perspective to “uncover the rock” and stimulate change.

By Beauchamp Consulting / May 13, 2020 /

When I led a small fabricating and stamping operation in the Caribbean, I was particularly proud of our six. Okuma Vertical Milling (VMC) equipment. At the time, these were state of the art machines that could crank out between 4-8 parts under 15 minutes. This was a cry from previous cycle times which were more…

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Do you really need to tweak your current process? – A look at why you must always strive towards continuous improvement. Your competitors are not sleeping … Stay awake to thrive in the current business climate.

By Beauchamp Consulting / May 13, 2020 /

Let’s say your organization overcomes a major obstacle that’s been dragging down service levels over the past quarter. Now it’s time for “high 5’s” all around, perhaps celebrate over a beer or glass of champagne. Then it’s back to business while keeping an eye on the key metrics just to avoid from slipping. Well, not…

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Creating value for your customer– How do you define and measure value? How do you explore what your products and services are worth to your customers?

By Beauchamp Consulting / May 12, 2020 /

Value is a term that is over-used but often under-appreciated. It’s not enough to claim you’re providing goods or services at a fair market price, with perhaps an extra feature versus a competitor’s product. This tactic could work in the short run, but eventually it may not hold up over time as competitors replicate your…

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