Today’s challenging business environment is driving an increasing number of consumer products manufacturers to explore continuous improvement (CI) and operational excellence programs. But as many have already learned, identifying problems is one thing; deploying a CI program and effecting real and lasting change is another. And knowing where—and how—to begin the CI process can be just as puzzling.
Although successful CI programs require fundamental changes, they need to do so in a practical manner that enables manageable changes in steps, each delivering incremental benefits along the way. Rather than taking the “Big Bang” approach, the step-wise approach, enabled by the right technologies, can drive the all important buy-in at each level in the organization as they see the benefits resulting from their individual actions that support the overall change.
This paper examines the most common obstacles that hamper the success of continuous improvement programs of consumer products manufacturers along with practical advice from four companies on how to address these challenges.