We’ve discussed the difference between lean and agile, and even “leagile,” in What is Agile Manufacturing. Now we’ll show you how to put your plan into effect in this 4-part series.
The first important step is to make sure that you have a solid and thorough understanding of what is accompanied with agile manufacturing. The three main points to include are:
- The costs involved with agile manufacturing
- The processes that are required with agile manufacturing
- The tasks involved in the process that are concrete
Depending on the type of business industry your organization is a part of, the cost to implement the manufacturing process can greatly vary. A good way to get a better sense of understanding is to investigate and examine other businesses. By finding organizations that are similar to yours in terms of product or are currently using agile manufacturing, you can accurately observe the system and improvements made by their example.
Regarding your current business, make a list of pros and cons. Consider the benefits to be obtained along with the downsides that may occur when transforming the model of your current manufacturing system into the agile type. Advantages and disadvantages of agile manufacturing are further discussed in Benefits and Disadvantages of Agile Manufacturing.
Consider that certain products are more compatible and sustainable with agile manufacturing compared to other types. Examine the type of products your business is currently manufacturing and ask yourself these questions:
- Would the added touch of personalization be a benefit that would better this product?
- Is there the potential for a market that would create the product as a modular product?
- Is there a product that could be developed through the agile manufacturing model?
- What type of advantages that are competitive could your business provide to a compatible product?
In the following blog posts, we’ll review the importance of Appointing a Task Force, Examining the Relations of the Current Suppliers and Drawing Out a Long-Term Plan.