Fueling Quality and Innovation in a Fast-Paced Market
Leaders in the aerospace market face a unique proposition: Get to market first with high quality, ever-innovative products. Meeting that goal requires all hands on deck from cross-functional teams like engineering, manufacturing, and IT operations, and even then it isn’t easy. In fact, the amount of people and requirements involved often complicates the situation further by scattering information into siloed spreadsheets. This poor visibility typically leads to challenges around:
Accurately predicting delivery dates
Highlighting blocked work
Identifying delays and risks
Understanding workloads and cycle time to track adherence to schedules
Identifying the current status of projects and determining how that status impacts budget estimates
Ultimately, this poor visibility makes it difficult for teams to meet deadlines on budget. But when the deliverable is a turbo engine for an aerospace company, the stakes of not delivering on time are too high to fail.
How Lean Helps Cross-Functional Aerospace Teams Deliver Predictably
Aerospace engineering, manufacturing, and IT operations teams must deliver high quality products on time, and the key to meeting that goal lies in Lean management. That's because Lean management is about creating a foundation of visibility and flexibility to help teams work more efficiently and deliver more value to customers.
Specifically, embracing Lean can help cross-functional aerospace teams:
Increase visibility: In a Lean organization, visibility means everything. This visibility extends to understanding value streams, status updates, team workloads, and more. For example, Lean makes it easy to identify who’s working on what and when, delivery dates, and blocked clearances. By providing this visibility, Lean helps improve collaboration, workload planning, and issue escalation and resolution.
Effectively communicate and prioritize work: The visibility that Lean stresses also helps global, cross-functional aerospace teams more effectively communicate and prioritize work. That’s because having all project information, including current status, team assignments, and due dates, in a single place keeps everyone on the same page. In doing so, it makes it easy for leaders to rank backlogs in terms of priority and for team members to understand what assignments they should pick up next.
Remove waste: Many cross-functional teams end up doing duplicate work, but once again the importance of visibility in a Lean organization resolves this problem. The visibility that Lean provides removes waste by making it easy to pinpoint duplicate work and unnecessary steps that teams can eliminate.
Deliver more predictably: Lean can help aerospace teams deliver more predictably by increasing efficiency and better managing expectations. By keeping everyone aware of project status at all times, helping quickly escalate issues, and improving workload prioritization and planning in real time, Lean helps teams better understand their progress toward deadlines and stick to goals to deliver faster and more predictably.
The Power of LeanKit for Aerospace
LeanKit is a visual work management tool that was developed based on Lean principles to help businesses maintain a competitive edge and deliver innovative products and customer experiences faster.
For cross-functional aerospace teams, LeanKit’s ability to model complex processes through a visual, easy-to-use interface helps modernize processes and create new market opportunities. LeanKit’s Kanban-style boards provide aerospace teams with a single source of truth to accurately track clearance documentation, keep all cross-functional and globally dispersed team members up to date on project status information and deadlines, quickly identify blocked clearances, and clearly outline priorities.
By providing a centralized, digital location to manage all of this data in real-time, LeanKit has enabled numerous aerospace teams to improve visibility, remove waste, and deliver faster and more predictably. In fact, LeanKit has helped cross-functional aerospace teams improve their delivery speeds by as much as 72%, creating a better work experience for engineering, manufacturing, and IT operations teams and instilling confidence in their customers as a result.