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Introduction and challenges 

For a long time, manufacturers have initiated programmes to create cross-functional standards such as safety as well as standards at the business line level. The objective is to create a common language, develop capabilities, implement best practices supported by data and improve performance.

There are two challenges. First of all, how to ensure that a knowledge base of common, shared practices is built, guaranteeing everyone’s buy-in. Secondly, how to ensure that this knowledge base will evolve over time and that practices are gradually updated. To meet the first challenge, the method of knowledge, data/information gathering and sharing is key. Wanting to go too fast or being too ambitious, leads to potential failures and a lack of buy-in from teams. To meet the second challenge, it is essential to implement a robust and flexible continuous improvement structure. Each company has its own model.

How can we help

Argon & Co supports its clients throughout their projects, from the identification of best practices to the formalisation and implementation of excellence standards.

In the upstream phase we:

  • Baseline the performance in a diagnostic data-driven way so leaders can get clarity on what needs to be changed
  • Identify best practices (supported by data) or those to be improved, in order to build a common set of rules to be implemented on production sites
  • Work with teams to formalise these operating rules and validate them
  • Implement dynamic support for sharing operating standards
  • Define the continuous improvement structure and associated organisation

In the downstream phase we: 

  • Monitor the implementation of best practice and support change
  • Implement “Top Down” and “Bottom Up” processes for reporting improvements
  • Train and coach continuous improvement teams