Believe or not, a recent Black Belt Project in a large Service Organisation achieved over €100,000 per annum savings by focusing in on the dreaded world of paper, paper and more paper!!
The Project focused on:
- Reducing the number of reports being generated and issued
- Reducing the cycle time for the generation of the top 10 most time consuming remaining reports.
Commonsense one might rightly conclude but it is only when the organisation compiled and costed baseline data in the Define Phase of the DMAIC that the paper elephant in the room began to roar for attention.
Most impressively the Project Team decided to put Dumbo on a permanent diet by ensuring that any new reports being proposed were scrutinised with a value add and business case assessment before being approved.