What Is Lean Consulting?


The world of business is ruthless and companies are increasingly being challenged to make more from less in an unstable economy. Established enterprises are being pushed to go deeper and wider into the market, and new SME’s are expected to reach dizzying heights within a matter of minutes in order to claim a stake in ther industry.

Growth is great and is naturally key to the development and success of any company. However, identifying marketing needs and developing a strategy takes time and experience, something that busy entrepreneurs and new kids on the block simply don’t have. What they need is an impartial expert to advise on the next steps to success and this is where Lean Consulting comes in.

The core purpose of Lean Consulting is to offer a high-quality management consultancy service at low rates, making it affordable to all clients and helping them to gain control of the market.  Low rates do not reflect poor service, and Lean Consulting agencies are able to offer uncompromised service quality with competitive prices by employing a team of experienced freelance consultants on a flexible contract to meet the needs of their firm’s clients while keeping their overheads low.

Lean Consulting provides a proactive approach to improving business performance by streamlining your processes to refine your products and services. This ultimately means that when working at your optimum, you and your teams will not have to work as hard to produce double the results. Expert consultants identify activities that are not adding value to your current processes and remove them so that you aren’t wasting valuable time or resources.

One of the best tools used in Lean Consulting to analyse and improve your productivity is the statistic-based Six Sigma software. Six Sigma is a measure of quality that strives for near perfection, by using company data to eliminate unwanted outcomes or defects in a company process.  Simply put, it describes quantitatively how a company’s processes are currently performing, and to achieve Six Sigma, a process must not produce more than 3.4 defects, or unwanted outcomes, per million opportunities.

A lean consultant using Six Sigma will adopt the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control) approach to changing your processes in order to make your business more efficient. By defining the upper and lower control limits, consultants use your data directly linked to your own performance rather than their personal opinions to propose and facilitate new strategies that bring real results.

Although this tried and tested approach is used across all sectors, Lean Consultants recognise that no two businesses are the same. They may draw on knowledge and expertise from their past clients, but an experienced consultant will tailor their approach to change very differently with each individual client. If you haven’t tried Lean Consulting yet you are missing a trick, as it has a proven track record in transforming businesses.