The modular principle of project management for your success - Part 1: Lean Management

We are your partner for individual logistics from planning and concept development to full-service implementation. Historically grown value chains and logistics processes often offer considerable potential for optimisation. With our management philosophy and methodology, we help you make the right decisions and determine the optimum of your logistics processes.

The identification of optimisation potential is based on a holistic and cross-process management approach, which is made up of various business management and pragmatic approaches.

These include Lean Management, OVIS (Optimised Value & InformationSteam) and the Grieshaber Clean project. We have already presented the series of contributions on the Clean project in several articles in 2021. Now the articles on Lean Management (Part 1) and OVIS (Part 2) follow.

Lean Management uses methods and tools from Lean Thinking and Six Sigma (in warehouse processes) to reduce complexity by identifying and eliminating non-value-adding activities through precise analysis and the creation of transparency within the processes. In addition, the goal is to create self-directing processes that become comprehensible procedures along the supply chain through standards. This ensures continuity in the value creation process, i.e. the reproducibility of a qualitatively consistent performance is guaranteed and monitored, controlled and documented by means of key figures.

The following five lean approaches are followed:

  1. Identifying the value stream
    Identifying the value stream: identifying value-creating & non-value-creating activities.
  2. flow principle
    Ensuring economic efficiency: determining the timing and location of individual activities
  3. avoid waste
    Design processes without control!
    Improve quality while reducing costs
  4. customer orientation
    Pull principle (execution by customer order)
    Indicator-based process analysis and evaluation
  5. perfection
    Accepting no waste within the process - Application of clearly structured and defined process models for process improvement project


Our defined procedure model for process improvement is the DMAIC principle.

  • Define (problem and goal formulation, determination of customer requirements)
  • Measure (measurement concept, measurements, stat. evaluation)
  • Analyze (data & process analysis, determination of correlations, identification of causes)
  • Improve (finding and implementing solutions)
  • Control (process management, consistent follow-up and measurement)

The aim of these methods and tools is to increase efficiency and effectiveness through superior management philosophy and targeted method support.

Let us advise you - together we can also discover your optimisation potential!

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