This presentation evaluates the Hoshin Kanri concept, what it is, how it works, what can go wrong and how to make Hoshin really work.
Slide 3: Most people familiar with Hoshin Kanri will know that it translates from Japanese into a "Vision Compass". More importantly, Hoshin is gaining traction due to its recognition of the need to link direction (strategy formulation) with management (implementation).
Slide 4: A key feature of Hoshin Kanri is the concept of Breakthrough Objectives. The concept encourages aggressive objectives together with a structured method for cascading these and breaking them down into manageable pieces.
Slides 5 and 6 address common responses from executives one might encounter when trying to introduce Hoshin Kanri together with the symptoms suggesting that Hoshin Planning is required. The symptoms listed will strike a chord with many readers and represent the product of poor strategy execution.
Slide 8 identifies some of the many leading organizations using Hoshin as their strategy execution methodology. The majority of organizations that we at i-nexus are talking to (particularly in the USA) are either considering implementing Hoshin Kanri or have already made a start.
Slide 9 identifies the value of having a strong strategy execution system by tracking share price performance.
Slides 11 and 12 introduce the link between Hoshin Kanri, and in particular the X matrix concept, and Balanced Scorecards. The traditional Balanced Scorecard clearly introduced value by looking at business metrics from more than purely a financial perspective. In contrast however, the X matrix is a far more robust tool for supporting strategy implementation. The various faces of the X matrix (South, West, North and East) detail the WHAT, HOW FAR, HOW and HOW MUCH of the strategy. Having said that, the X matrix is by no means universally popular as a Hoshin tool and is regarded by some CEO's as too complex. It is clearly a tool more likely to provide value in organizations that are more mature in their strategy execution journey.
Slide 13 shows an example of how the i-nexus software supports both the Hoshin X matrix and Scorecards.
Slide 15 identifies the critical role of the bowling chart in linking between the X matrix and action plans and its use a key management tool to track achievement and lack thereof against goals.
Slide 17 identifies "culture change" as a key barrier to effective Hoshin. Many of our customers do find that the greater transparency achieved with i-nexus can be seen as a threat. This needs to be managed carefully with problems (red traffic lights) seen as discussion points rather than failure.
Slide 22 provides an example of an A3 report. Many i-nexus customers find visual management of progress to be key to obtaining commitment to Hoshin.
Finally slide 24 looks at the value of Hoshin countermeasures in enabling early identification and resolution of barriers to progress.