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Playing the LEAN game and saving ££s

Fedden USP : 24 June, 2014  (Application Story)
Business Savings of £50K – it can be just a big game really!
In recent years many businesses have recognised the benefits of LEAN business improvement techniques in terms of improving process efficiencies, reducing waste and saving costs. These techniques have been brought together in a LEAN Office Game, which is being made available online from Gosport-based Lean business specialists Fedden USP.
 
The LEAN Office Game is an ideal way of demonstrating how LEAN applies within office environments both in the service and manufacturing sectors. It quickly demonstrates how to map complex information flows to identify both information wastes and the traditional 7+1 wastes eg. poor processing, lengthy transportation etc. Once the current state is mapped out, the game takes you through how to categorise and prioritise these problems.
 
The delegates then map out the future state of what the new improved process could look like before implementing, with the ultimate aim of the game being to increase sales, reduce lead-times and eliminate errors.
 
Fedden USP often run the game as part of a LEAN Office improvement event for a company where annual savings for that company can be expected to reach around £50k. It takes approximately three hours to run the game in conjunction with covering the theory of LEAN Office and can be run as part of a half or one day offsite event, depending on the level of detail required.
 
Neil Fedden, Principal Consultant at Fedden USP, commented: “The game is a very useful introduction to the principles of LEAN business improvement techniques and has been used successfully by a number of our clients. Even though it is called a ‘game’, the results can have significant and sustainable benefits for many professional organisations, manufacturing companies, local government, retailers, central services and senior management teams.”
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