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How to understand which is the right professional for your company?

Lean production consultants:

In recent years many consultants that were operating in the industrial organization field have reconverted specializing themselves in lean manufacturing methodologies.

Currently, on the international consulting market there is perhaps an abundance of lean consultants and this creates difficulties in understanding which professional is right for your company.

The aforementioned abundance has also created a general lowering of the fees; there are consultants who offer their services for a few hundred dollars per day while others are positioned on rates well above 2K dollars.

When you rely on a lean consultant to help you to make the desired business changes, you entrust and delegate the possibility of transforming your company's industrial processes to a person you hope and believe is an expert.

If the consultant choice is not properly done, in the best case there will be no economic damage and you will have to pay only for the waste of money and time, but in the worst case the consequences of wrong adopted solutions could turn out to be a real economic disaster.

A consultant's fee is therefore not the real issue; the real problem is choosing the consultant who makes the company make a double-digit improvement jump (for a single digit improvement you don’t need a consultant) in performance. If this is achieved, even the higher rate is justified and still produces a R.O.I.

Below we have reported the 7 criteria that help you to choose the right consultant for your company:

  1. The lean production consultant must be ready to guarantee measurable results in double-digit improvements figures.
  2. Must have at least 10 years of experience in the field.
  3. Must know as much as possible about your industrial sector.
  4. Must have a track record of successes in implementing lean production.
  5. Must demonstrate that he/she has the skills to carry out cultural and not just methodological transformations.
  6. Must demonstrate fluency in your local language.
  7. Must demonstrate  a track record of transformations that involve the implementation of "pull-flow" concepts with suppliers.
  8. It must not push for the adoption of ERP or MRP software.

If these criteria are met, you can be almost sure that you have a good prospect for the role of lean production consultant.

Another important criteria is the degree of empathy with your people and your corporate culture.

After all, the lean production consultant is the person who must stimulate and motivate your collaborators to commit themselves to carrying out the important cultural change you think the company needs.

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