The effectiveness of an organization's producibility
system must be measured. This assessment is helpful in identifying areas for
improvement and in planning the implementation of new producibility methods. It
guides investment decisions for additional process development, equipment, and
training. Continuous improvement in enhancing producibility should be the goal.
Measurement of the success of a producibility system,
however, is not a simple task. There are no set rules that each organization can
apply. Organizations and their approaches to producibility are very different -
even within the same industry. Each organization must determine its goals in
producibility and, from these goals, the characteristics of its producibility
system that must be measured to obtain an accurate assessment of overall
producibility. These goals include customer-driven goals as well as internal
goals. Progress towards meeting the goals must be continuously evaluated and
producibility achievements communicated to the company staff and its customers.
Producibility enhancements must be celebrated.
In general, to assess producibility performance on a
corporate level, an organization must first evaluate its producibility
performance on a product-by-product basis. Product-specific producibility
assessments are determined from the information collected as part of 5.1 and 5.2
. An analysis of the producibility performance against all products serves as
a good indicator of the success of an organization's overall producibility
A second gauge of producibility system performance is IPT
performance. Corporate management should focus the IPTs on setting aggressive,
but realistic, producibility goals and strongly encourage the IPTs to meet them.
Measuring the IPTs' performance to goals across the enterprise gives an
indication whether management has emphasized the importance of producibility in
all of its efforts clearly enough and empowered the IPTs to achieve their
Often, valuable information regarding the direction in
which a company might want to go with its producibility efforts is gained by
benchmarking. The organization should evaluate the competition and other
successful companies to determine best-in-class producibility approaches,
techniques, and goals and should implement a practice of "innovative imitation"
- that is, to incorporate and then improve on those best ideas and methods that
will provide desired benefits to producibility.
To continuously improve in its producibility efforts, an
organization must assess its performance against its producibility goals. This
evaluation helps in identifying future efforts required to enhance
management drives the corporate commitment to producibility and its continuous
improvement. The responsibility of overall company producibility typically
belongs to a senior level manager or corporate vice president who tracks
corporate progress against goals.
Tools and Techniques: Evaluating the producibility approaches and techniques
used by other companies can be accomplished by Benchmarking. Depending on the
chosen method for cataloging producibility information, required tools might
include a Database Management System or Knowledge-Based System, with Decision
Support Tools, if necessary. These tools and the appendix in which they are
discussed are highlighted in Figure