Investigation into the implementation of the CANDO methodology of visual workplace organisation in company X
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Morrow, D. (2009) Investigation into the implementation of the CANDO methodology of visual workplace organisation in company X' Unpublished master's thesis, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland.
The purpose of this research was to investigate the implementation of the CANDO methodology for Visual Workplace Organisation in the Manufacturing areas in Company X. The primary objective was to give a detailed account and insight into the implementation methods employed and to establish whether the implementation succeeded in helping to build the foundation for elimination of waste and non-value-add activities, reduce machine downtime and create an environment where work standardisation and sustaining continuous improvement is achievable and sought by all employees. An integrated quantitative/qualitative approach of both semi- structured interviews along with participative and direct observation was used in order to collect data and to establish a related set of results. From the results and findings the actual Company X implementation methodology employed bore strong resemblance to the majority of the literature written on the subject but had some original and slight variations which gave a more thorough understanding of the methods and activities. The implementation did reduce waste in all of the areas researched but there was no conclusive evidence to show that the implementation reduced overall average machine downtime in the areas researched. Employees interviewed did feel involved and empowered to take action and make decisions concerning their areas and routines. The implementation in Company X did achieve some wins which acted as a foundation from which full lean implementation could be achieved through small incremental improvements in all areas. Continuous employee involvement with strong management commitment and support remains crucial to make ongoing improvement sustainable.