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  1. 1. Laboratory Outreach 2008 Value Stream Mapping (Anatomic Pathology) Hans Froehling, DBA/CMBB June 2008
  2. 2. Part A: The Value Stream Map How to Create a Value Stream Map
  3. 3. Key message No. 1 <ul><li>“ We know what needs to be done to reduce defects in anatomic pathology, the challenge is to implement the principles that lead us to zero defect rates” </li></ul><ul><li>Adapted from Dr. Barnes, professor of strategy, Nova Southeastern University </li></ul>
  4. 4. Key messages No. 2 “ The hardest part of leaning out a process is living through change” Adapted from Michael Hammer “Reengineering the Corporation”
  5. 5. Key Message No. 3 <ul><li>“ Create constancy of purpose toward improvement of product and service, with the aim to become competitive and to stay in business and to provide jobs”. </li></ul><ul><li>W. Edwards Deming, First point of his “14 Points for Management”. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Key Objectives <ul><li>Demonstrate why lean principles developed in the automotive industry can be successfully used to reduce defects and increase value of anatomic pathology services. </li></ul><ul><li>Give an understanding of how value stream management allows for the implementation of lean principles. </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate how a value stream map can be used to identify opportunities for defect reduction in Anatomic Pathology. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the key lean tools to develop a lean value stream map that reduces the defect rate of Anatomic Pathology. </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate via a case study how lean principles can be successfully applied to anatomic pathology. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Objectives of Lean <ul><li>Reduced Defects = Improved Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced Lead Time = Improved Turnaround Time (TAT) </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced Costs = Increased profitability </li></ul><ul><li>Improved value = Decreased waste </li></ul><ul><li>Lean makes the defects “visible” through one-piece flow! </li></ul>
  8. 8. How does lean contribute to defect reduction? Batch Production Inspection Feedback with delayed Action One Piece Flow – Immediate Feedback with Immediate Action Input Defect-free output Defective output
  9. 9. How does lean contribute to improved speed? Batch Production Batch Production Input Output Input Defect-Free Output Defective output Constant Bottleneck First-In => Anytime Out One Piece Flow Constant Flow First-In => First Out
  10. 10. How does lean contribute to reduced costs? <ul><li>Less Work-In-Progress </li></ul><ul><li>Faster Turnover </li></ul><ul><li>Faster collection of money </li></ul><ul><li>Less need for inventory stocks (reagents etc.) </li></ul>
  11. 11. How does lean contribute to improved value? <ul><li>Defect Speed Cost =>Value </li></ul>General Principles of Lean: Applicable to all industries including Anatomic Pathology
  12. 12. Lean and Value Stream Management
  13. 13. Key Definitions <ul><li>Value = f (product/service, price). </li></ul><ul><li>Value Stream = All actions required to provide service/product. </li></ul><ul><li>Value Stream Map = A diagrammatic summary of every step required to provide the service/product. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current State Map = Shows current conditions of production. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future State Map = Shows improvement opportunities. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Value Stream Management = A process developed to implement lean principles into the planning and execution of a value stream. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Value Stream “ A Value Stream is an end-to-end collection of activities that create or achieve a result for a customer of the enterprise.”
  15. 15. Value Stream Mapping is a tool that helps you to see and understand the flow of material and information as a “product” makes its way through their value stream. You then look for opportunities to eliminate or reduce wasted time or activities in the process. Value Stream Mapping
  16. 16. Value is meaningful when expressed in terms of the service which meets the client’s price at a specific time. Specify Value
  17. 17. <ul><li>The key question of all lean processes is: </li></ul><ul><li>Does the process add value to the delivery of the product or service? </li></ul><ul><li>Value-added defined: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does this process step meet a customer need? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does it change the product/service? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it rework? </li></ul></ul>Value Defined
  18. 18. <ul><li>Specify value from the standpoint of the end customer. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the value stream for each product family. </li></ul><ul><li>Make the products flow . </li></ul><ul><li>Produce when the customer pulls from your operations. </li></ul><ul><li>Manage towards perfection. </li></ul>Value Defined (cont.)
  19. 19. <ul><li>Helps you visualize the process on multiple levels. </li></ul><ul><li>You can see the flow and sources of waste. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a common language for analyzing processes. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a blueprint for creating flow and implementing lean concepts and techniques throughout the entire process stream. </li></ul>Benefits of Value Stream Mapping
  20. 20. <ul><li>If a task does not add value lean considers it as “waste” (muda). </li></ul><ul><li>Seven Sources of “Waste” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defects (Rework) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overproduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wait Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unnecessary Movement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excess Inventory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work-in-Progress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unnecessary Movement </li></ul></ul>Waste (Muda) - The Opposite of Value
  21. 21. <ul><li>Actitivities which actually create value as perceived by the customer. </li></ul><ul><li>Activities which are required, add no value but cannot be deleted yet (type I muda). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certain Government Regulations/Policies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facility Layout. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Activities which are required by the customer, and which can be deleted right away ( type II muda ). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lean Kaizen Events. </li></ul></ul>Types of Waste
  22. 22. A Value Stream Consists Of: <ul><li>The people who perform the tasks, their skills and knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>The tools and technology that are utilized </li></ul><ul><li>The physical facility and the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Policies, procedures and processes which govern the activities </li></ul><ul><li>The social system that supports the value stream </li></ul><ul><li>The organization and the culture of the enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>The values and beliefs that dictate the corporate culture </li></ul><ul><li>Behaviors that affect the way work is approached </li></ul><ul><li>The communication channels and the way information is disseminated </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Managerial Aspects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Style and philosophies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Structure and hierarchy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication (chartage) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Values and beliefs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Flow </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Operational Aspects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure business processes, policies and procedures are cost effective and satisfy the customers needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Flow </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Titles, compensation and rewards, training supporting the value stream </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technological Aspects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure technology is being utilized appropriately and leveraged to gain maximum benefit to the customer and the company </li></ul></ul>Investigate These Areas
  24. 24. <ul><li>The process map depicts “How Specimens flow through the process” </li></ul><ul><li>It does not show: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Flow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Flow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managerial Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Interactions </li></ul></ul>Process Map: Material Flow
  25. 25. Adds key information to a generic process map <ul><li>A Value Steam adds critical Information: </li></ul><ul><li>Material Flow </li></ul><ul><li>Information Flow </li></ul><ul><li>Information regarding time and transportation distances </li></ul>Example of Completed Value Stream Map
  26. 26. At What Level Do You Start a Value Stream? Total Value Stream: Enterprise vs. Operation Enterprise Operational Strategy Operations Operational Tactics Enterprise/Business Unit Level Operations Level Action Our Focus in this part of the workshop is here. Action Action Action Action Action Action
  27. 27. <ul><li>Document the information flow from beginning to end. </li></ul><ul><li>Track the work information associated with the process steps. </li></ul><ul><li>Track the production order associated with the specimen (tissue, block etc.) through the system. </li></ul><ul><li>Map the scheduling system and document tracking of the information and materials throughout the system. </li></ul><ul><li>Document how the system communicates with the customers and suppliers. </li></ul>Mapping Information Flow <ul><li>GO WALK IT !!! </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Go to the Actual place where the process is performed. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to the Actual people involved in the process and get the real facts. </li></ul><ul><li>Observe and chart the Actual process. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reality is invariably different from perception; Few processes work the way we think they do. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The purpose of value stream mapping is to identify waste, not to develop the perfect process map. </li></ul></ul>Three Actual Rules Understand the process through facts and data! <ul><li>GO WALK IT! </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Customer </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Specimen </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Cassettes </li></ul><ul><li>Lead time (Total TAT) </li></ul><ul><li>Cycle time (each step) </li></ul><ul><li>Queue time (Wait time) </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation time </li></ul><ul><li>Travel distance </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Special process requirements, etc . . . </li></ul>Relevant Process Data More detail captured now, easier to improve later!
  30. 30. Basic Structure of a Value Stream Map Management Control (2) Customer (1) Supplier (3) Information Flow (8) Information Flow (8) Activities/ Measurements (4) Transportation Line (6) Summary Measures (7) Defect Rate/Timeline (5)
  31. 31. <ul><li>The first step is to select one product/product family or one service/service family. </li></ul><ul><li>The next step is to define the current state….This provides the information to develop the desired future state. </li></ul><ul><li>Future-state ideas will come up as you map the current state and will be fine tuned as you perform improvement projects. </li></ul><ul><li>The final step is to form an improvement vision and plan that will optimize costs, cycle times and quality. </li></ul>Key Activities of a Value Stream Map Development Improvement Plans and Projects Future State Map Current State Map Product or Service Family Kaizen
  32. 32. <ul><li>Begin at the internal, door-to-door level. Expand to the supplier and customer level only if absolutely required or after you understand your own business processes. </li></ul><ul><li>Review material flow first and then information flow. </li></ul><ul><li>Have one person personally lead the mapping effort and be part of the ongoing improvement plan and vision. </li></ul>Key Activities of a Value Stream Map Development Across Companies Level Multiple Locations Level Door-to-Door Level Process Level Begin Here
  33. 33. Customer Process N Process 3 Process 2 Process 1 Supplier You will list cursory information about your suppliers and customers, but focus here first. Add the detailed supplier and customer data after you understand and have optimized your processes. <ul><li>(1) Begin at the “shipping end”, work upstream and do a quick walk along the entire door-to-door work stream to get a feel for what is happening. </li></ul><ul><li>(2) Next, go back and, with pencil and paper, map the entire value stream. Have one person map the entire stream of activities. </li></ul><ul><li>(3) Always collect current-state information while walking along the actual pathways of material and information flow. </li></ul>Key Activities of a Value Stream Map Development
  34. 34. Key Value Stream Symbols Customer/Supplier Process/ Measurements Information Flow Inventory/ Work In Progress Specimen Flow Transportation Pick up Schedule People First-In-First-Out Work Cell Go-And-See Physician/Patient 1x Daily
  35. 35. Management Control <ul><li>Management controls the coordination between customer demand, suppliers and information and material flow. </li></ul><ul><li>Put management control at the center of value stream map to show that this is where the control center is. </li></ul><ul><li>Management controls: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information flow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Material scheduling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specimen flow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work scheduling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process sequence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schedules of suppliers </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. Customer - Management Control - Supplier <ul><li>Draw the customer icon on the upper right corner. </li></ul><ul><li>Draw the supplier icon (same type as the one that represents the customer) in the upper left corner. </li></ul><ul><li>Draw the production control icon between and slightly above the customer and supplier icons. </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Always draw the customer icon first as a reminder that the purpose underlying the value stream map is to ensure customer satisfaction. </li></ul>
  37. 37. Enter Customer Requirements <ul><li>Next, draw a box below or above the customer icon for entering Customer requirements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enter monthly requirements in the data box. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calculate daily requirements by dividing the monthly requirements for the total number of tests and for each major type of test by the number of days. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enter the results on the map next to the data box showing the monthly requirements. </li></ul></ul>3,600/month Days: 30 120/day TAT = 2 days
  38. 38. Delivery and Transportation Icons <ul><li>Draw a shipping icon in the bottom right corner, below the customer icon. </li></ul><ul><li>Draw a trucking icon between the shipping and customer icons, and enter the delivery frequency (hourly) inside the truck’s trailer. </li></ul><ul><li>Draw a truck icon in the bottom left corner below the supplier icon; enter the delivery frequency (hourly) inside the truck’s trailer. </li></ul><ul><li>Draw the direction arrow running from the supplier icon and the lower left corner, where the testing operation will be located. </li></ul><ul><li>Draw in a direction arrow running from the shipping icon to the customer icon. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Delivery (Specimen/Tissue)
  40. 40. Map The Production Process <ul><li>After drawing the truck icons, draw icons representing the </li></ul><ul><li>operations along the bottom of the sheet. </li></ul><ul><li>Determine the number of boxes you will need ahead of time so that you have enough space for all of them, keeping in mind the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The key operations in this case are: receiving, grossing, cutting, embedding, staining, work loading. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember to leave space between the operations to draw inventory work in progress (WIP) icons. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember to draw the operations in sequence from left to right; always draw the shipping icon furthest down stream (to the right). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Draw and label a box for each operation in the process. </li></ul><ul><li>Draw information boxes for attributes and measurements below the icon for each operation. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Map the Production Process Create a box for each process step
  42. 42. Enter Process Attributes <ul><li>Examples of measures critical in the lab industry: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defect Rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Turnaround Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total Cycle Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value Added Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-Value Added Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defect Deliveries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distance Traveled </li></ul></ul>Defect Rate = 1% Turnaround Time = 50 Minutes Total Cycle Time = 200 seconds Value Added Time = 20 seconds Non-Value Added Time = 180 seconds Units Produced = 16/hour Total Uptime = 88% Work-In-Progress = 5 bags Accession
  43. 43. Production Lead Time (PLT = TAT) The time it takes a specimen to move all the way through the process or value stream from order to report (start to finish). Cycle Time (CT) The time it takes a technician/assistant to go through all work elements before repeating them. Value-Added Time (VAT) The time of those elements that actually transform the product in a way that the customer is willing to pay for. Non-Value Added Time (NVAT) The time of those elements that to do not add value Percent Value Added Time = Production Lead Time/Value Added Time Note: Time spent due to government regulations are called business value added time ; counted as “value added time.” Key Terms of Time
  44. 44. Additional Summary Lines TIMELINE The timeline gives important information about the distribution of time within the process. In particular, it shows total cycle time vs. value-added time for each process step. Shown on next page TRAVEL DISTANCE The travel distance gives important information about the distances traveled between the various process steps. They give indication where unnecessary movements occur. Shown on final value stream map
  45. 45. Process Attributes and Timeline Total Cycle Value Added => 20 sec. / 180 sec. = 11.1% Time Time <ul><li>Value added time can be calculated for </li></ul><ul><li>Total Production Lead Time OR </li></ul><ul><li>Each Step in the process (Cycle Time) </li></ul>
  46. 46. Communication Arrows Represents phone call Information Flow Product Flow Information Flow
  47. 47. Push Arrows (With Inventory Signs) Push Arrow With Inventory Sign Inventory signs are important to understand where bottlenecks occur.
  48. 48. Completed Current State Value Stream Map Process Flow + Key Information Defect Rates/Timelines Travel Distance Line 600 feet
  49. 49. Add the sign of a “Kaizen Blitz” to show “Kaizen” or “ Lean Six Sigma” interventions that help you move from the current to the future state Moving To The Future: Kaizen Events
  50. 50. Moving To The Future
  51. 51. Value Stream Mapping: Summary Draw Customer Box Draw Customer Requirements Draw Production Control Box Draw Supplier Box Draw Transport to Production Draw Production Flow Draw Communication Arrows Draw Push/ Pull Systems Finalize Measurements Analyze Value Stream Map Identify Kaizen Opportunities Develop Future State Map
  52. 52. <ul><li>Standardized Work </li></ul><ul><li>5S (Housekeeping) </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Controls Management Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Takt-Flow - Pull Concepts/One-Piece Flow </li></ul><ul><li>Cell Designs </li></ul><ul><li>Total Productive Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Mistake Proofing - Poka Yoke </li></ul><ul><li>Work Balancing (most complex to use) </li></ul><ul><li>Kaizen Blitzes </li></ul>Key Operational Tools To Get You Started
  53. 53. <ul><li>The first step in improving a process is to ask: </li></ul><ul><li>Was the standard procedure for that task followed? </li></ul><ul><li>If the worker is following the standardized work and the defects still occur, then the standards need to be modified. </li></ul>Standardized Tasks “ One must standardize, and thus stabilize the process before continuous Improvement can be made.” Imai, Kaizen
  54. 54. <ul><li>Through a 5S program you organize a workplace and remove barriers to quality: </li></ul>5S – A Key Tool for Lean Step Japanese Literal Translation English Step 1: Seiri Clearing Up Sorting Step 2: Seiton Organizing Straightening Step 3: Seiso Cleaning Shining Step 4: Seketsu Standardizing Standardizing Step 5: Shitsuke Training & Discipline Sustaining
  55. 55. 5S Rules for Sorting Dispose Useless Sorting Keep & Monitor Unknown Useless Item Keep & Store Useful Useful ABC Storage
  56. 56. <ul><li>Visual control is any communication device in the work environment that tells us: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How work should be done. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whether work is deviating from the standard. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shadow tool box = a shadow of the tool that should hang at a certain place. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphs that show daily performance. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standardization of filing in office settings. </li></ul></ul>Visual Control
  57. 57. Visual Communication Takes Many Forms <ul><li>The Distinctive Aspect of Visual Communication Is That It Is Intended for a Group. This Helps People to Pull in the Same Direction </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Communication Can Be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Sign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Label </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Photograph </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Display </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Trend Chart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Color Scheme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whatever Serves the Purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Visual Message Is Observed by Everyone Working in a Given Area, Everyone Who Passes Through the Area and Everyone Who Comes Into Range of Visibility </li></ul>
  58. 58. Situation Before: Solution: % Improvement: Space Inventory Lead Time Quality Safety Productivity N/A Toolbox totally disorganized with many unnecessary tools. There were three personal toolboxes like these. Created 3 shadow boards for workstations. Eliminated 2 of 3 personal tool-boxes. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The Visual Workplace
  59. 59. Takt Time <ul><li>The heart of “One-Piece Flow” is takt time </li></ul><ul><li>Takt = German name for rhythm or meter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate of customer demand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate of which customer is buying </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Calculation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Total work time = 440 Minutes (7 hours/20 minutes), 20 days a month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total demand = 17,600 units per month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Takt time = 17,600/8,800 = two per minute or one piece every 30 seconds </li></ul></ul>
  60. 60. <ul><li>The optimally lean process is characterized by “One-Piece Flow” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No Work-In-Progress inventory costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No quality defect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shortest Cycle Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No Waste </li></ul></ul>One-Piece Flow/Pull system
  61. 61. <ul><li>Pull System (mass customization): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce cost of inventories by producing the product when the customer needs it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideal: Build product or deliver service exactly when the customer orders it. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Push System (mass production) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Distribute product to the customer when the company is ready for it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideal: “I wish they would make a meeting planner that would plan a meeting when I am ready  .” </li></ul></ul>Push vs. Pull System
  62. 62. <ul><li>Builds in Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Creates Real Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Creates Higher Productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Frees up Floor Space </li></ul><ul><li>Improves Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Improves Morale </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces Cost of WIP Inventory </li></ul>Benefits of One-Piece Flow/Pull System
  63. 63. <ul><li>Process C is a bottleneck: </li></ul><ul><li>“ A bottleneck is one process in a chain of processes, such that its limited capacity reduces the capacity of the whole chain” </li></ul><ul><li>The maximum the chain of processes can process in one hour is 18 units! </li></ul><ul><li>Most if not all lean projects attempt to identify and overcome the process bottleneck(s). </li></ul>Bottleneck Process A 20 Units Process B 80 Units Process C 18 Units
  64. 64. Cell Design Options <ul><li>Pod Pattern Characteristics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideal for craft work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low throughput </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low variety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tough changeover </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High takt </li></ul></ul>Pod Design
  65. 65. Cell Design Options <ul><li>“ L” Shaped Line Flow Pattern Characteristics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Well suited to assembly operations with Point of Use storage inside L. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier expansion of critical, high fixed assets space if located in the turn area. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows fitting lengthy series of operations into limited space. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lets feeding line start on aisle and end at point of use. </li></ul></ul>“ L” Shaped Line Design
  66. 66. Cell Design Options <ul><li>“ U” Shaped Line Flow Pattern Characteristics: </li></ul><ul><li>One operator can see and attend all machines with minimum of walking. </li></ul><ul><li>They are flexible in the number of operators they can accommodate (capable of responding to changing production levels). </li></ul><ul><li>Single operator can monitor work entering and leaving a cell to ensure that it remains constant (JIT flow). </li></ul><ul><li>Operators can conveniently cooperate to smooth out unbalanced operations and address other problems as they surface. </li></ul>“ U” Shaped Line Design
  67. 67. Cell Design Options <ul><li>Combination Line Flow Pattern Characteristics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lands itself to two-way flow and to easy access at multiple points. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Branches can be segregated by function or special requirements. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well suited to sequences of operations that change or vary from job to job or part to part. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permits multiple routings with automated integration of process, handling, and controls. </li></ul></ul>Combination Line Design
  68. 68. Cell Design General Rules <ul><li>1 or 2 operator assembly Straight Line </li></ul><ul><li>3 to 8 assembly stations L or U Shape Line </li></ul><ul><li>More than 8 Serpentine, U or Multiple U </li></ul>
  69. 69. Cell Design Wrap-Up <ul><li>This is not an easy process </li></ul><ul><li>Let the process drive the shape and direction </li></ul><ul><li>Cover all bases </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Perform simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Get the buy-in of the project area team </li></ul><ul><li>Get the buy-in of the management </li></ul>
  70. 70. <ul><li>The main function of a withdrawal Kanban is to pass the authorization for the movement of parts from one stage to another. </li></ul><ul><li>Once it gets the parts from the preceding process and moves them to the next process, remaining with the parts until the last part has been consumed by the next process. </li></ul><ul><li>The withdrawal Kanban then travels back to the preceding process to get parts thus creating the cycle. </li></ul>Withdrawal Kanban
  71. 71. <ul><li>The primary function of the production Kanban is to release an order to the preceding stage to build the lot size indicated on the card. </li></ul><ul><li>The production Kanban card should have the following information: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Materials required as inputs at the preceding stage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parts required as inputs at the preceding stage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information stated on withdrawals Kanban </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The first two pieces of information are not required on the withdrawal Kanban as it’s only used for communicating the authorization of movement of parts between work stations. </li></ul>Production Kanban
  72. 72. The goal is to get to Scheduled Maintenance Breakdown Maintenance Maintenance Prevention Corrective Maintenance Reactive Scheduled Maintenance Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Proactive
  73. 73. Poka Yoke – Dual Focus Defects Mistakes Process Prevention Poka-Yoke that focuses here works on mistake prevention or making mistakes impossible. Detection Poka-Yoke that focuses here works on mistake detection, or making sure mistakes do not turn into defects. People and systems do make mistakes. A portion of mistakes turn into defects.
  74. 74. There Are 2 States of a Defect: Error About to Occur Defect About to Occur (Prediction) Warning Signal Control/Feedback Shutdown (Stop Operation ) Error Has Occurred Defect Has Occurred (Detection) Warning Signal Control/Feedback Shutdown } MISTAKE-PROOF FUNCTION Mistake Proofing – Poka Yoke
  75. 75. 1 6 5 4 3 2 7 8 Mistake Proofing – Examples
  76. 76. Part B: Case Study: Apply Value Stream Mapping to reduce errors and improve TAT in commercial Anatomic Pathology Lab.
  77. 77. Next Section: Case Study DEFINE: Define the Project Goal IMPROVE: Implement Solutions & Evaluate Results A B C D ANALYZE: Analyze to Identify Causes CONTROL: Standardize & Make Future Plans MEASURE: Measure the Current Situation =1.0 =3.0 IMPROVE: Implement Solutions & Evaluate Results CONTROL: Standardize & Make Future Plans
  78. 78. Background <ul><li>A commercial service provider of anatomic pathology services is facing increased turnaround times for reporting to client physicians </li></ul><ul><li>The commercial service provider would like to know where and how to best improve the existing process </li></ul><ul><li>The site director, medical director and director of the anatomic pathology subdivision sponsor a value-stream map exercise to identify opportunities for TAT improvements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop Value Stream Map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify Kaizen Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create Future State Map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement kaizen opportunities </li></ul></ul>
  79. 79. Project Charter - Kaizen Week Business Case: Opportunity Statement: Physicians complain that TAT for commercial anatomic pathology reports takes too long and is unpredictable. This results in lost goodwill. Improve work flow; Reduce Defect. Defect Definition: A “workload” that is not in the hands of the pathologist within one business day. Goal Statement: Project Scope: Reduce TAT from 2 days to 1 day. Process Start Point: Specimen is delivered by transportation to accessioning in the accessioning room. Process End Point: Workload is handed off to transportation (off-site) or handed to pathologist for review (on-site).
  80. 80. Generic Process Map and Project Scope High Level Work Flow Project Scope: From accession to distribution of tissue stains to pathologists.
  81. 81. Process Performance - Example Before The process is in control, but has high variability. Be aware that a process can actually become more erratic if it is not in control before you start the Kaizen events Note: Example data
  82. 82. Key Information <ul><li>Defect Rate </li></ul><ul><li>TAT for total process </li></ul><ul><li>Cycle Time for each key process (CT = TAT for process step). </li></ul><ul><li>Value Added Time for each key process (VAT). </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Value Added Time for each key process (NVAT). </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation/Walking Distance. </li></ul><ul><li>Work-In-Progress (Work not yet performed). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data generated through observations and validated by time stamps generated by IT system. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All shifts included. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duration of data gathering: two weeks. </li></ul></ul>
  83. 83. Current State Map Value Stream Map represents the current flow of tissue specimens and information through the process.
  84. 84. Summary Data - Time related data <ul><li>Total Turnaround Time = 21 hours (1,260 Minutes) </li></ul><ul><li>Value Added Time = 6 hours (364 minutes including oven) </li></ul><ul><li>Percent Value Added Time = 28.9% </li></ul><ul><li>Traveled Distance = 1,542 feet </li></ul>TAT = 1260 minutes (= 21 hours) Value Added Time = 364 minutes (= 6 hours) Non Value Added = 896 minutes (= 15 hours) Work In Progress = 960 minutes (= 16 hours) Percent Value Added Time = 28.9% Traveled Distance = 1542 feet Defect Rate = < 1%
  85. 85. Summary Data - Work Balancing Graph <ul><li>Work Balancing Graph shows the biggest bottlenecks and depicts value added vs. non-value added times </li></ul><ul><li>Longest non-value added times: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessioning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build Cassette </li></ul></ul>Constraint Constraint
  86. 86. Lost in “Spaghetti World” (Womack) Carrier Drop Off Accession  Label Print Label Print  Gross Gross  Cover slip Oven  Distribution to pathologists Start End
  87. 87. Embed (30 per hour) Cut (60 per hour) Embed Classical Work Set up - Linear Lean Set Up - Cell Design Summary Data - Work Flow Design 60 units 30 units Cut 30 units Cut E M B E D E M B E D Work Cell (U shaped)
  88. 88. Summary of Key Issues <ul><li>Accessioning </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule of workers not synchronized with schedule of drop offs. </li></ul><ul><li>Drop off starts at 5:00 p.m., but real accessioning doesn’t start before 8:00 a.m. </li></ul><ul><li>No supervision in the accessioning area (7:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. shift). </li></ul><ul><li>No procedure for hand-off to cassette building. </li></ul><ul><li>Cassette Building </li></ul><ul><li>Printer for labels in room different from computer that generates the labels. </li></ul><ul><li>Long wait times for tissue specimens due to delays in accessioning. </li></ul><ul><li>Unpredictable inputs. </li></ul>
  89. 89. Summary of Key Issues (cont.) <ul><li>Grossing </li></ul><ul><li>Grossing in different room from Cassette Building. </li></ul><ul><li>No synchronized flow from accession  cassette building  grossing. </li></ul><ul><li>Oven technology old/no productive maintenance schedule/frequent break downs. </li></ul><ul><li>Preference for large batch sizes rather than scheduled shorter runs of smaller batch sizes. </li></ul><ul><li>No “First-In-First-Out! </li></ul>
  90. 90. Summary of Key Issues (cont.) <ul><li>Embed/Cut/Mount/Stain/Cover Slip </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule of workers not synchronized with schedule of grossing (both 1st and 2nd shift). </li></ul><ul><li>First batch of tissues comes out of oven at 4:00 p.m., but shift starts at 7:00 a.m.; real work does not start before 7:30 a.m. due to set up time  long wait time. </li></ul><ul><li>No cell design for embed/cut/mount/stain. </li></ul><ul><li>Little supervision from existing supervisors (technical rather than managerial expertise; time breaks are not synchronized with flow of inputs from grossing). </li></ul>
  91. 91. Summary of Key Issues (cont.) <ul><li>Distribution to Physician </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution assistant works in a room that is different from Embed/Cut/Stain. </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting structure of assistant not clear. </li></ul><ul><li>No full coverage of two shifts (1 FTE for two shifts). </li></ul><ul><li>Physician offices in different locations. </li></ul><ul><li>Physicians release reports in batches. </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul><ul><li>No timely reporting (one week after the fact). </li></ul><ul><li>Employee morale is low. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication issues about re-stains between pathologists and Histotechs when pathologists are in a different building. </li></ul>
  92. 92. Identify Kaizen Interventions Problem : How will you prioritize the kaizen interventions? Answer : Use a toolkit based on theory of constraints, lean principles and continuous quality improvement techniques. Value Stream Management Lean Principles Six Sigma Quality Theory of Constraints
  93. 93. Identify and Use The Right Tool <ul><li>Analysis and Diagnostics – Identify Improvement Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement – Taking Action and Achieving Results </li></ul><ul><li>Sustaining – Build upon Improvements and make it a new way of life. </li></ul>If You Only Have A Hammer…. Everything Will Look Like A Nail
  94. 94. <ul><li>The process is capable of meeting your clients’ specifications (six sigma). </li></ul><ul><li>The report is available when needed. </li></ul><ul><li>The process has the right levels of capacity. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only Perform Value Added Steps (Remove Waste) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create Flow Where Possible (Cell Design) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create Pull (Let your customer pull production) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuously improve your process (Manage towards Perfection) </li></ul></ul>Goals That Help You Identify The Right Tools
  95. 95. Identify Kaizen Interventions <ul><li>One Week Kaizen event addressed the areas showing the “Kaizen Burst” clouds. </li></ul><ul><li>Many “root causes” can be identified during Value Stream Mapping exercise, but some other issues will be detected during the individual kaizen events. </li></ul>
  96. 96. Summary of Key Interventions <ul><li>Instituted First-In-First-Out ( FIFO - continuous flow ). </li></ul><ul><li>More frequent runs of oven at set intervals ( one-piece flow/small batches ). </li></ul><ul><li>Moved distribution into histology room ( remove unnecessary transportation ). </li></ul><ul><li>Conducted 5S exercise in preparation of work cells ( continuous flow). </li></ul><ul><li>Created window to enable hand off between accession and grossing ( remove unnecessary transportation ). </li></ul><ul><li>Created work cell for embed/cut/mount/stain/cover slip ( one-piece flow/small batches, worker flexibility, reduce unnecessary movements ). </li></ul><ul><li>Large tissues not processed in cell ( work balance ). </li></ul>
  97. 97. Summary of Key Interventions (cont.) <ul><li>Created daily reporting for each function ( visual workplace ). </li></ul><ul><li>Created daily reporting at noon to determine what percentage of specimens has not been distributed ( standardized work ). </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronized schedules for all functions ( one-piece flow/small batches ). </li></ul><ul><li>Clarified roles and responsibilities for all functions ( standardized work ). </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronized schedules of delivery to off-site facility with flow of specimens ( one-piece flow/small batches ). </li></ul><ul><li>Created schedule whereby physician releases one report at a time ( one-piece flow) </li></ul><ul><li>Created “hot line” for physicians to call in with requests. </li></ul>
  98. 98. Summary of Lean Tools <ul><li>Standard Work </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Make defects visible </li></ul><ul><li>5S </li></ul><ul><li>Work Cell </li></ul><ul><li>Worker Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Work Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Focused Operation (Factory) </li></ul>
  99. 99. Key Outcomes <ul><li>Reduced risk of data entry errors in accessioning. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced TAT to 1 day at on-site, 2 days at off site. </li></ul><ul><li>Improved employee morale. </li></ul><ul><li>Created employee suggestion program to continuously improve the process. </li></ul>
  100. 100. Future State Map The process was simplified by creating a work cell design for embed/cut/stain/mount/process/prepare for delivery. Work Cell
  101. 101. Process of Conducting Kaizen Events Developing Future State Map and conducting kaizen events can Become an interactive process.
  102. 102. Kaizen Newspaper Make sure to conduct follow up meetings (weekly) to ensure the changes become implemented!
  103. 103. Challenges of Sustainability <ul><li>Histo techs reluctant to change schedules. </li></ul><ul><li>Histo techs reluctant to work in work cells (individual work pace vs. team work). </li></ul><ul><li>Work cells only work when all three histo techs are present (be aware of sick time, vacation time). </li></ul><ul><li>Measurement system requires systematic update and distribution of report at 7:00 a.m. and noon. </li></ul><ul><li>Clarification of roles and responsibilities requires culture change. </li></ul><ul><li>New flow impacts work schedules of pathologists. </li></ul><ul><ul><li> The bottleneck moves! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Continuously manage the value stream and avoid inertia! </li></ul></ul>
  104. 104. Summary: Lean vs. Traditional Thinking <ul><li>Traditional Thinking: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Large batches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low unit costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work at full capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tight Schedules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High WIP Inventories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High level of Specialization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long Cycle Times </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lean Thinking: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small batches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>N/A </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work at necessary capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible Schedules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low WIP Inventories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross-training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short Cycle Times </li></ul></ul>
  105. 105. Value Stream Management: A Win-Win