Most businesses tackle new projects to make improvements. To sell more, waste less, save time, perform better. But, a huge number of important projects struggle to get traction or just flat out fail.
Answer yes or no to these 12 questions to find out how you’re doing.
- The boss is on board and wants it done
- The project is aligned to the business plan or strategy
- The benefits have been estimated and appear substantial
- The project is planned to be finished inside six months (they always are by the way…..)
- You have identified the customers and asked them what they really want.
- You have collected some data on your output metric (the big Y) and used this to create desire for the project.
- You have walked and mapped the process yourself not just accepted the existing dogeared flow charts
- You plan to get to the root causes using the 5 whys not just stick with the issues
- You plan to trial and pilot your ideas before going broadscale.
- You plan to carry out some audits using managers from other areas to sustain the gains.
- You have meditated every day to prevent the management structure being reorganised and lose interest in your project
- You started on DAY 1 to consider the cultural acceptance of your project and what change acceptance tools could be used to help that occur.
How many ‘yes’ answers did you get?
10-12: No need for Lean Six Sigma, you’re doing fine on your own!
4-9: You could use a hand and we can help to get your projects back on track. Talk to us.
1-3: You’re doomed! Let’s talk about how we can help.