Thequestion that most people may be asking is, why are organization’sstruggling to establish quality systems? Perhaps, the mostappropriate answer is that, with quality systems, businesses arelikely to perform well. Every new system has success stories. At thesame time, some of these systems that have also failed in some cases(Goetsch, & Davis, 2014). Some of these systems include TotalQuality Management (TQM), Six Sigma and Lean Management. Of thesesystems, the most appropriate system to employ is the Lean ManagementSystem.
Beforea firm decides to invest it funds in any quality improvement system,it is important that the organization checks whether the system hasthe following four features. The system should be able to apply toall types of business models, the system should give a good return oninvestment, the system should be affordable, and the system be easilyunderstood and implemented. It is only the Lean Management Systemthat has all these features. In as much as the Six Sigma system canbe used in both manufacturing and servicing industries, it isexpensive and difficult to understand (Goetsch, & Davis, 2014).
Totalquality management, on the other hand, flattens an organization andhas a track record of success in many industries (Goetsch, &Davis, 2014). At the same time, the TQM system is more customeroriented and emphasizes on employee participation. However, thesystem has several flaws. For instance, the system does not focus onthe whole firm, it does not emphasize on bottom-lined results, andits concepts are complicated. For these reasons, it is not advisableto implement the system. In summary, it is only the Lean Managementsystem is the most efficient system to implement, compared to theother two systems, since it has the four basic features that arenecessary for implementation of a new system.
Theexpected benefits of Lean management system
Thelean management system is a management system that focusses on thecontinuous elimination of waste existing in all the processes throughsmall and incremental development. When the firm reduces wastes andimplements the Lean Management System, there are various expectedbenefits that result. These results include:
There will be an improved quality and fewer defects: Through the Lean system, the lot production and batching will be eliminated. The ultimate result would be less opportunity of manufacture defects to exist. Additionally, the system ensures that in case there is a quality problem, only one part would be affected. Therefore, there won’t be any need to dedicate a lot of time in testing the other material to check if it meets the expected quality.
Reduced inventory and space: The Lean system requires that each operation produces what is needed for the next operation. Thus, reducing the probability of building ahead, and the inventories will not build up. Since the amount of inventory is reduced, only less space will be required.
The will be an overall manufacturing flexibility: The lesser the amount of inventory in a value stream, the shorter the lead time that will be required, from the customer order to the final product delivery.
There would be an improved working condition and a boosted employee morale: The few number of inventory means less clutter and ultimate more light in the dark corners of the firm. Thus, an opportunity is created for the company to lay its equipment and tools better (Goetsch, & Davis, 2014). At the same time, the system would ensure that production problems are solved right away and feedback given to the employees instantly. This scenario would give every employee more ownership of their production area, boosting their morale in the process.
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