We understand the challenges of improving profitability when budget and staff availability is limited. We bring our experience, talent and resources to improve your bottom line.
Also AstraConcepts assists organizations in developing strategies, analysis and action plans in the following areas using a resource-based-view methodology.
Design of Experiment
Strategic Gap Analysis
Root Cause Analysis
Value Stream Management (VSM)
AstraConcepts applies the DMAIC gated-approach, which ensures that the our services are based on established actual business requirements considering your business objectives.
The first phase of the DMAIC approach is to Define the objectives and project KPIs. In this phase, our team establishes the key staff members and stakeholders in order to determine the key performance indicators. Our team, then establishes target metrics in comparison to benchmark metrics. This approach will establish a baseline of current state. A Team Charter is established covering the above topics.
The second phase of the DMAIC approach is to Measure the current state by mapping main process, assigning timelines to the processes and benchmark these processes in order to calculate cycle time and cost. Notes will be recorded from interviews with key staff members and stakeholders. Team brainstorming sessions will be conducted identify possible root causes of process inefficiencies using fish bone analysis and XY matrix. During this phase, data collection of existing processes will be conducted and survey of lands available for possible expansion, if required, will be identified. iGrafx model could be utilized to model the processes and ensure that they match actual cycle time and cost.
The third phase of the DMAIC approach is to Analyze root causes using statistical theory. In this step, iGrafx model could be utilized to identify current and future bottlenecks by modeling actual demand.
Bottlenecks will be identified and mitigated using the model in order to provide concrete solutions. Other tools will be used on as needed bases such as ANOVA statistical evaluation and Design of Experiment (DOE) to confirm root causes of inefficiencies.
The fourth phase of the DMAIC approach is to Improve processes. This will be done by a combination of enhanced work efficiencies through improved process maps, increased resources and enhanced operation. All will be verified utilizing iGrafx models.
The last phase of the DMAIC approach is to Control the improved operation. An Implementation plan is typically developed along with Control Charts for metrics. This may also include developing new procedures, task list and process maps for implementation.