Increase Value time in Makigami

How can Value Time decrease after performing a Makigami process improvement?

Q: VA stands for ‘Value Added Time’ isn’t it?

So than how can it happen that, after we improve the process, this time decreases with 25%? Is that a mistake?

A: No, this is no mistake!

When analyzing the current state, tons of losses will become visible and lots of improvement opportunities and ideas will popup. So it is not unusual to discover that Value Adding activities can be performed in some other way, faster, more efficient etc. In such cases you will achieve the same value in less time!

Of course the trick would be to ‘cash’ this.
There are 2 possibilities:

  1. Creating the same value in less time = Efficiency gain. This can only be cashed if you do not need to pay for this time anymore.
  2. Creating more value in the same time= Effectiveness gain. The cost will stay the same, but you will have higher revenues from those costs.

How Long does a Makigami Analysis Take?

Time Needed
The time needed depends on the complexity of the process and the experience of the participants. When correct facilitated, it will take app. 3 to 10 days to perform a full Makigami Process Mapping. This now includes a draft implementation plan and ToDo list.

The actual team-based analysis takes some (simple) preparation.

The time consuming part is the preparation before implementation.

This takes a good deal of communication with all the involved parties.  The new process usually is fundamentally different from the old one!

People tend to think in ‘tasks’ or ‘functions’, rather than in processes or even systems. Also taking the perspective of value and particularly value to the customer usually needs a paradigm shift that may take a while.

Major changes can be achieved within 2 or 3 months. However the real change of attitude and internalization of ‘new behavior’ can take much longer. This needs an ongoing focus of the management.

When drowning in organized losses, this can be quite a challenge…

Consider this: When you can afford all those losses, you could not afford to eliminate them…?? Isn’t that the main task of being a manager? Just start doing it, it is worth while!

Find help!
A skilled facilitator often proves to be essential to

  • help the team to achieve a thorough future state AND 100 day implementation plan within a few days
  • acquire involvement of support-staff and responsible management
  • guide the team through the implementation-phase
  • prevent from falling back to old behavior
  • challenge the sustainability of the new way of working