Improve your perfomances by applying full kitting

Full kitting, explained by Philip Marris

 

Both relevant in project management and in production management, full kitting is a must to achieve the desired levels of performance. In a nutshell, we want to ensure that the "full kit" is well built before the start of a given activity: defining all the deliverables of the activity in question, finishing all the deliverables of the upstream activities, making all the required tools and parts available to the operator at the assembly workshop etc. Although this appears to be common sense and deployed in the majority of companies, we often realise during our assignments that this principle is derogated. As a consequence, the number of rework operations multiply, some activités are put on stand-by because of missing parts/tools, which inreases considerably the level of work-in-progress and the operators are naturally inclined to multitask.

 

By making full kitting a golden rule in your organisation, you will be able to limit multitasking and the level of WIP both in production (partly assembled products) and in projects (unfinished tasks and projects). To illustrate this point of view, Philip refers to four concrete examples he encountered in his career: pharmaceutical development, Engineering-to-order, small series assembly and aeronautical maintenance.

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Marris Consulting is an expert in the Theory of Constraints (ToC) and Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM). As industry consultants, we are focused on helping process and manufacturing industries reach their highest levels of performance by using Constraints Management  combined with Lean and Six Sigma. We also use Critical Chain Project Management which we sometimes combine with Lean engineering to improve project performance. If you are unsure about the actions which need to be implemented to improve operational efficiency, our industrial management consultants can also conduct a performance audit. Furthermore, our experts host numerous Theory of Constraints (ToC), lean and project management training sessions throughout the year.

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Marris Consulting is an industry consulting and training company specialized in the Theory of Constraints (ToC) and Critical Chain Project Management. We focus on improving the performance of manufacturing and process industries by using Constraints Management combined with Lean and Six Sigma. To boost project performance, we also use Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM), which we sometimes combine with Lean Engineering. Our 2-day performance audits, our performance consulting services and our project management, Lean & ToC training by our industry consultants offer a wide range of solutions to help our clients around the world reach the highest possible levels of performance.

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