Whatever your business manufacturers, it’s important to keep up with new technology trends. No industry is truly exempt from disruption (as most businesses quickly discovered during the COVID-19 crisis) and digitalisation is key to ensuring ‘business as usual’.
Ready to learn some ways you can enhance production agility? There are three key elements of your business to focus on - your people, processes and technology.
- Train your people to adopt an agile mindset
- Are your processes agile?
- Ensure you invest in agile technology
1. Train your people to work, think and breathe agility
This means ensuring your workforce can meet your current production needs at any time. It’s important because you want to ensure maximum productivity and efficiency. It’s neither cost-effective nor great for staff morale if you’re understaffed while production needs are high or vice versa.
So, ensure your employees are trained to adopt an agile mindset. This way, you can scale your manpower up and down as and ensure a flexible work schedule when required.
This is something you also need to consider when recruiting new employees. Try and look for potential employees who could bring an element of creativity to your team when you’re hiring. Ask yourself whether these candidates can see things in a new light and will bring in fresh ideas to your business.
2. Are your processes agile?
Like your workforce, your processes also need to be flexible and scalable. To maintain that competitive edge, you need to ensure your processes can change to meet changing market demands in real-time at the very least (it’s better to take the proactive approach rather than reactive).
Start by reviewing your internal operations. Consider what your current capacity is and what you need it to be. Look for any bottlenecks, potential or otherwise. Remember, your business is only as fast as your slowest process in the production line.
Then, find and implement new systems or processes that can help you better manage those bottlenecks. Make sure you properly handle change management by getting your team’s buy-in early on in the process and creating a robust training program. Onboarding should be smooth and re-skilling a regular thing.
Tip: Consider lean practices to truly drive process improvement.
3. Ensure you invest in agile technology
Enhance production agility (and supply chain efficiency as a result) with the right technology. Digitisation can bring you the following benefits:
- Your once siloed data can be integrated into a single platform/interface. No more reliance on spreadsheets either. This enhances visibility and saves time as it eliminates the need to search for the information on separate systems
- Because your data is integrated, you can easily receive valuable data insights into your processes which can help you make more informed business decisions
- Minimise the impact of disruptions thanks to predictive analytics. For example, you can anticipate potential shifts in customer demand, the availability of raw materials and naturally occurring catastrophic events and prepare for them. This is exactly what we mean by taking a proactive approach rather than reactive
- Automation and AI can help boost productivity and reduce the chances of human error
Production agility revolves around digital innovation…
To truly ensure production agility and that your business is thriving rather than simply surviving no matter the climate, you need to consider digital innovation. Innovation has always helped to turn the wheels of entrepreneurial success and makes sure you can stay ahead of your customer demands.
New technology plays a huge role by improving efficiency and productivity. However, so can a new business model, a tweak in processes or a change in the way you market a particular product or service. Want to learn how your business can innovate? Our guide will help.
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