Many operators don’t know what the target is for their shift, or if they’re currently on-track to hit that target. They start their shift not knowing what a ‘win’ is, and leave at the end of the shift not knowing if they ‘won’ or ‘lost’. Not only do we all like to go home knowing that we ‘won’ today, but if you set a target then your team is much more likely to hit it!
A simple test: Go out to the factory floor. Find an operator. And ask two simple questions:
If your operator can’t quickly and accurately provide this information, you have an opportunity to help them win their shift today. When your teams are regularly winning their shift, you will consistently win the week, month, and quarter.
This page provides a simple and effective way to help you set and beat your production targets.
Your favorite teams don't win games by accident. Before each game, they create a plan. The plan has contingencies if the play goes off-track. Then they execute the plan, and adjust the play as they go. The manufacturing version of this strategy is:
Start the shift with a quick (maximum 5 minute) stand-up meeting with the operators to:
Track production in real-time. If the team falls too far behind their target, intervene quickly to help them get back on track. This might involve:
For a more robust approach, consider implementing a Short Interval Control process. is a structured process for reviewing production every 2 or 4 hours to identify a small number of improvement actions.
Many teams miss this important step and miss valuable information as a result. At the end of the shift – gather the team for a quick debrief. Capture what worked and what didn’t.
Publish these actions in the team area and use them in your next Plan-to-Win session.
The biggest challenge that most teams face is – how do we accurately track production vs. the target?
The traditional approach to monitoring production is to use an hour-by-hour whiteboard. Hour-by-hour or ‘Production Control’ boards are heavily featured in the as a way of visually managing production and particularly to balance the schedule and manage production flow.
A typical hourly production board tracks the required hourly target and an accumulated hourly target and compares these targets to the actual production and an accumulation of production for the entire shift.
There are three big challenges with hour-by-hour production boards:
Two great benefits from tracking production with an automated monitoring system is that it will be accurate (tracking products by part) and that it will provide real-time feedback (either on the machine with a visual display, or on a computer as a dashboard).
We find that the best way to track production in real-time is to use a combination of metrics that we call “TAED”: Target, Actual, Efficiency, Downtime. These are:
By comparing Target to Actual, your team can pace production in real time. They are winning the shift when the Efficiency is at 100% or more. At the end of the shift, the display could then provide instant feedback telling the team that they’ve beaten the target:
If you have multiple machines or processes, an automated system can provide a real-time dashboard for every machine. This will help your managers to allocate resources across the production floor to ensure that every team can win their shift.