NorthStar is a business transformation offering that helps you define the roadmap, execution plan and financial justification to deliver manufacturing excellence to your operations.
Manufacturing executives tend to have lofty, visionary goals, but not tactical goals, or SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound), or executable best-practice targets. We help you turn your goals into actions with measurements to hold people accountable for execution, delivery, and continual improvements. NorthStar provides a clear, executable plan for success. Led by industry experts, we provide forward-thinking ideas with ground-floor solutions. NorthStar clears out project ambiguity and keeps your project teams focused on results.
With our unique NorthStar consulting service, you get a manufacturing optimization execution strategy, including a PICK Chart with the financial value of each opportunity. Here’s what you can expect:
Transformation Assessment for Manufacturers Two weeks
Week 1: Kickoff. Our engagement begins with an operational excellence best-practice utilization project, consisting of a kickoff meeting, prework, education, and a discussion of your opportunities. Strategic Alignment Workshop. We conduct a Gemba Walk around your plant floor to gather information. We take you through a proprietary discovery process where we examine your target areas, value streams (or current-state business process), people, and overall performance of your facilities. We put our observations together with your financial data and information about future state. We create a list of opportunities with all supporting people, processes, and financial data needed for a go-forward plan.
Week 2: Analysis and Kaizen. We perform high-level quantitative analysis to prioritize the list of opportunity areas. And that’s where we put together the overall PICK Chart to visually organize the opportunities by complexity verse value. We end with a sequence of rapid improvement Kaizen events that deliver quick wins for your business and help you get to the next level in manufacturing excellence.