Next Level Partners: Enabling Lean Enterprise Transformation

Next Level Partners: Enabling Lean Enterprise Transformation

Steve Moore, VP, Next Level PartnersSteve Moore, VP
Lean purists in the manufacturing space often have expressed conflicting views on automation of existing processes. While the belief that automation bolsters efficiency and productivity exists, the current focus of businesses is veering toward improving processes and then automating them to avert costly re-writes and bolt-on fixes.This includes identifying and discarding non-value adding practices in designing, product manufacturing, supply chain management, and reducing the time from customer order to delivery by nullifying the wasteful processes in the production flow. By adapting and implementing a robust lean management system, companies can reduce unwanted spending and achieve excellence through lowest costs, shortest lead time and best quality. Next Level Partners, LLC, (NLP), headquartered at Naples, FL, is a lean transformational leader across defined strategic market segments of manufacturing, healthcare, aerospace, retail, hospitality, finance, banking, insurance, and technology. “We partner with organizations to efficiently develop and create self-sustaining capability through lean enterprise transformation,” says Steve Moore, VP, Next Level Partners.

The firm’s Lean Business System (LBS) Model helps identify elements that satisfy current needs and deficiencies within the company’s operating system and it offers efficient tools to leverage strategic plans through analysis and monitoring by visual management. NLP’s Value Stream Mapping (VSM) tool helps analyze the current state along with better understanding the present business crisis and measuring key business activities to establish base line metrics and targets. This enables valuable insights into the problems by helping users to focus on real time issues and fixing them at the point of occurrence, thereby preventing short term issues from becoming long term problems. Additionally, key tools such as standard work (SW), visual management tool-5S, Transactional Process Improvement (TPI), Production Preparation Process (3P) and Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) helps establish communication in real time.


NLP offers efficient tools to leverage strategic plans through analysis and monitoring by visual management


Furthermore, NLP is known for its valuable services and consulting to the clients based on the current operating performance alongside developing and implementing a customized lean transformation roadmap in support of overall operating strategy and goals.

Many clients that have partnered with NLP managed to identify areas of crisis and dissatisfaction to focus on initial and overall efforts of lean transformation plans through Assessment and Gap Analysis (AGA) services. While, the firm’s “Customized Lean Business System Engagement” delivers self sustaining excellence in the foundational, “PLAN-PEOPLE-PROCESS” elements of an enduring business operating system.

Once, Peak 10, a secure cloud solutions and cost-saving managed services company was facing a challenge due to delay in the lead time between a client’s engagement with the company and the time taken for the service delivery. This resulted in a lesser business and high competition which was difficult to manage for the customer. NLP helped the client discover the factors which caused delay in implementation. By using the VSM, the client was able to deploy lean transformation to get to a better state, enabling them to exceed customer expectations, grow with existing resources, and compete better in their respective market.

The success stories and case studies of NLP stand as a testament to its capability in aiding customers to achieve higher level of performance and productivity through lean transformation. Moving forward, the firm plans to expand its reach of offerings to assist due diligence in trading processes. “We also wish to work in the IT sector to improve relationships between human beings and tech services by reducing cost and actual footprint,” concludes Moore.