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Rapid Plant Assessment
Form a team of four to five people and take a 30-minute tour of a plant or service business. At the conclusion of the tour, rate the leanness of the operation using the rapid plant assessment (RPA) questionnaire and rating sheet given in Exhibits 25.9 and 25.10. (According to the questionnaire's developer, the average number of yeses for over 400 plant tours was seven, and the standard deviation was 2.) In class, discuss those areas where leanness is generally lacking across all companies visited.
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a. ? Use the results from filling out the leanness questionnaire and your team's observations to develop a consensus score for each item in the RPA rating sheet. (There are many quantifiable factors by which to assess performance in the rating sheet's 11 categories. They are presented on Goodson's website:
www.bus.umich.edu/rpa.)
b. ? Prioritize targets of opportunity for management.
c. ? Develop a two-page action plan that you would present to management to help them make improvements.
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