Original Date: 04/28/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Process Simplification — A Total Quality Concept
Process Simplification (PROSIM) is part of Lockheed Martin Electronics and Missiles’ (E&M’s) total quality movement. PROSIM involves the employees in a systematic approach to problem solving and was the precursor to Lockheed Martin’s reengineering program. The PROSIM methodology makes use of teams to develop change processes for typically multifunctional areas. The model used for this process improvement makes use of the five I’s inspiration, initiation, investigation, innovation, and implementation. This method is similar to many companies’ process flows through their Total Quality Management (TQM) departments.
During the investigation and innovation phase, an as-is flow chart is developed of a unit's process. This is followed by a team meeting to develop a should-be flow process. Obtaining senior management approval to change the as-is to the should-be has been supported by Lockheed Martin senior management. A computer simulation has been used to work the “what if” process changes to explore the management space thoroughly. A set of charts is developed that reflect the PROSIM team’s objectives, measurable results, accomplishments to date, the process flows, and a list of action items and personal accountabilities. Members of a PROSIM team share in the savings/cost avoidance resulting from the company receives due to the implementation of the team’s recommendations.
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