Breakaway Lean - 50/50/20 in Six Months

by Chad Kymal published on June 08, 2021

Omnex Lean approach is a highly structured results-oriented process that guarantees results in a relatively short time frame of six months. What does 50/50/20 mean? It means that an organization practicing Breakaway LeanTM can achieve a 50% reduction in inventory, a 50% increase in throughput, and a 20% reduction in operational cost in six months.

Omnex Lean process starts with an assessment that is made up of three parts - Culture, Tools, and Lean Scorecard. A Lean process has to work on all three of these dimensions: the lean culture has to be in place, the organization has to learn the lean tools, and an initial scorecard has to be taken to understand the opportunities for improvement. The most important of these three dimensions is the need for the correct culture: the lean vision, the roadmap, top managements' commitment, tie into the organizational goals and budgets, appraisal process, and the communication to the workforce.

Based on the assessment, the organization working with Omnex will create a Lean Roadmap. In conjunction with other improvements and opportunities, the Roadmap usually takes the form of a Business Excellence Roadmap. e Lean Facilitators are corporate champions, members of top management that own the value stream, and Omnex lean experts. Lean team leaders direct the project, while the project team is a cross-functional group working in the value stream and support streams.


About the Author


Chad Kymal is the CTO and founder of Omnex Inc., an international consulting and training organization headquartered in the United States. Chad is also the CEO of Omnex Systems, an enterprise quality, and IMS software provider. He is on the ISO/TC 176, ISO/TC 207, and PC 283 committees for ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management), ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management), and ISO 45001 (Health and Safety Management Systems). Chad is also the U.S. expert for the ISO 10013 documented information update. He is a certified lead auditor for IATF 16949, ISO 14001, ISO 9001, FSSC 22000, HAACP, ISO 45001, and AS9100. Chad teaches these and many other courses for Omnex, such as integrated management systems. Chad and Omnex teach, implement, and audit AIAG 4th Edition FMEAs, AIAG-VDA FMEAs, and SAE J 1739 FMEAs. Chad, along with Greg Gruska of Omnex, originally discovered the linkages between the PFMEA and DFMEAs in the 1980s and 1990s.