Improve Operational Efficiency: Inside the Accountability Room
To achieve operational excellence, automotive manufacturing organizations have to improve their operational efficiency over a period of time, which not only increases their profit margin, but also helps in reducing cost and increasing customer satisfaction. This is a business strategy where the business leadership works with its internal employees to focus on innovation and continuous improvement throughout its processes. One of the first and most important steps is to gain visibility into the operations.
Why an Accountability Room?
The Accountability Room is all about numbers and measuring true progress that will flow to the bottom line. Most of the time, OEE or Overall Equipment Effectiveness, is used to measure progress. It is a simple formula that helps set a standard for developing metrics that can be equally measured.
The steps to operational excellence must be built upon the foundation of sound strategies and the key indicators of operational excellence are performance, flexibility and responsiveness. The Accountability room allows us to collect all this data in one place where the operational indicators are lifted up and made visible so everyone can see the data together.
Operational excellence is a continuous process that begins with strategy and continues through execution to maintain competitiveness in all environments. The goal is to plan for and deliver superior operational performance that anticipates customer needs consistently and effectively, while managing costs and maximizing resources. It is not just about cost cutting, it is about improving business performance in every possible way. This means increasing productivity, reducing time to market, and enhancing quality of products.
Accountability Room at the End of an Engagement
Toward the end of an engagement, permanent boards that reflect the key metrics for that facility are created and clearly represent the most important information that a team must understand, share and process to drive world-class performance. The accountability room is where the team can come together and build a mindset shift that drives OpEx. This room becomes the hub where change is visibly seen, and the team will come together as a single cohesive unit.
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