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WHEN THE SOLUTION
ISN’T ALWAYS CLEAR

We have proven methodologies to help you find the right solution

METHODOLOGY IS AT

THE HEART OF

EVERYTHING WE DO

No matter what problems you

are looking to solve, we have a

variety of solutions that can be

tailored to your business needs.

INNOVATION

Through a research-based,

systematic, and highly

collaborative approach to

innovation, today’s business

leaders have confidence that their

company will rise to the occasion.

Our structured innovation methodologies are designed to drive innovation
as a process, not merely an aspiration. Structured innovation is often
viewed as anathema or even an oxymoron. However, mature companies
wishing to become more innovative quickly learn that they are not Google
or Amazon. Instead, they need to adopt highly collaborative, structured
methodologies and adapt them to their culture and the nature of their
business. Turning innovation into a process is the aim of the Lean Methods’
innovation practice.

TURNING INNOVATION INTO A PROCESS

Faster Results

At Lean Methods, we use proven,

research-based methods to have your

team innovating in a matter of weeks

and months, rather than years.

Effective Tools

We provide tools that allow everyone

to engage in the process of

innovation.

Clear Path Forward

We break down the key steps to

innovation to allow you to manage

innovation as disciplined projects with

clear roadmaps, milestones, and

decision criteria.

LEAN

A methodical approach to

eliminating waste in an organization

by promoting a culture that

relentlessly pursues solutions to

problems.

Lean Methods consultants, coaches, and trainers work with organizations to
implement the principles of Lean and the accompanying tools necessary to
realize the vision of a truly lean enterprise.

Lean is the westernized incarnation of the Toyota Production System.
Originally focused on manufacturers, today Lean can be found everywhere
including in hospitals, banks, hotels, restaurants, and even government.

RELENTLESSLY PURSUING SOLUTIONS

Transformation

Complete organization-wide

transformation to one that eschews

waste and relentlessly pursues the

solution to every problem by

empowering the workforce to own

its own destiny.

Focused Solutions

Our Lean experts lead focused Lean

projects for clients when specific

problems are to be solved.

Facilitation

More often, we facilitate the

transformation of an organization

through a combination of education,

coaching, and on-the-job training.

DATA ANALYTICS

How to get value out of data has

always been the challenge.

In the modern era of big data and data analytics, the value gap turns out to
be in the past, with executives and managers who have never been trained
to take advantage of their new data assets (both people and technology).
Leveraging Lean Methods’ vast capability in data analysis, strategy, and
innovation,
the focus of our Data Analytics practice is bridging the gap
between analysis and value.

BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure Assessment

Ensure access to vast quantities of

high quality, relevant data, and

provide the infrastructure (data

collection, storage, retrieval, and

analysis tools and systems) to make

use of that data.

Develop Skills

Executives and managers must

develop the capability to manage

these assets and apply this new

capability to everyday problem-

solving innovation and strategy.

Bridge The Data Gap

Bridging the gap between data

analysts and managers is the focus of

Lean Method’s Data Analytics

practice.

LEAN SIX SIGMA

Lean Six Sigma is a time-tested

approach to process optimization.

Its central focus is the elimination of

process variation through the

methodical application of data-

driven tools.

Lean Six Sigma is also embraced more holistically as a means of driving
cultural transformation in the direction of structured problem solving and
data-driven decision-making.
At Lean Methods, we put the “Lean” into our Six Sigma practice by ensuring
projects are fast and focused. Our Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belts often
lead project teams for our clients. However, our preference is to educate
and coach our clients, so they can insource the capability to eventually run
projects without us.

LEAN INTO LEAN SIX SIGMA

Leading the Way

The origins of the Lean Methods

Group lie in large-scale

implementations of Six Sigma dating

back to 1999, and we’ve been a

market leader ever since.

Evolving Practices

Always learning ourselves, today we

apply best practices that have been

developed while working with

hundreds of companies.

Result-Driven

Faster projects using more

innovative methods and ensuring

the sustainability of results is the

emphasis behind our Lean Six

Sigma practice.

STRATEGIC PLANNING

Hoshin Planning, often referred to as

Strategic Planning or Policy

Deployment, is a highly structured

and Lean methodology used to

accelerate and bring rigor to strategy

execution.

Hoshin Plans (sometimes referred to as X-Matrices) are developed through
highly collaborative workshops that drive engagement, buy-in, and detailed
action planning followed by a disciplined and methodical approach to
accountability.
With roots closely tied to Lean Manufacturing, Hoshin Planning has grown
into a highly effective methodology applied to all industries, from banking and financial services to manufacturing and technology development.

ACCELERATE YOUR STRATEGY

Lean Approach

Hoshin Planning offers a very

methodical approach that is

manageable and can be

implemented with relative speed.

Engaging Success

The benefits of Hoshin Planning are

derived from its highly collaborative

foundation that ensures

engagement, agreement, and

accountability, which are all critical

to successful strategy execution.

Quick Results

While true mastery of Hoshin

Planning can take years because of

the need to see the process through

more than once, results can be seen

in as little as weeks.

STRATEGY

CREATION

Our practice is dedicated to periodic

strategic renewal or, in some cases,

that once-in-a-generation creation of

an entirely new strategy.

It turns out that the challenge most companies face with strategy execution
has little to do with their ability to execute strategy. Instead, the problem lies
in the lack of a method itself.
Creating strategy, however, is more complicated than ever. In today’s
increasingly complex world, competition can come from 8,000 miles away or
a disruptive startup next door. Under these circumstances, the challenge
of strategy, execution can be exacerbated by a confusing — or completely
absent — a core or foundational strategy.

CREATING AN ARTICULATED STRATEGY

Build Context

Creating a new strategy is a

systematic, collaborative process

that starts with building context,

leads to insight, and ultimately

results in a compelling and

articulated strategy.

Deep Understanding

Our unique approach to strategy

creation includes working with our

clients to build a profound

understanding of their business—

developing, analyzing, and selecting

their strategic options—and

ultimately implementing that strategy.

Rewarding Outcomes

An in-depth sense of buy-in,

ownership, and pride in the

outcome becomes the ultimate

driver of success by doing the work

themselves.

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