Howwe’s strategic execution software vs Lean

How daily steering in Lean compliments strategic steering in Howwe’s strategic execution software

Lean is defined as a set of management practices to improve efficiency and effectiveness by eliminating waste. 

Lean is commonly used within industrial and manufacturing companies. Lean manufacturing, or lean production, is a system of techniques and activities for running a manufacturing or service operation. The techniques and activities differ according to the application at hand but they have the same underlying principle: the elimination of all non-value-adding activities and waste from the business.

Background and challanges

Lean as a concept is at the core aligned with the same vision of the Howwe way of working. They work very well together and philosophically share some core beliefs. However, we know that for teams implementing Howwe’s strategic execution software that already have Lean in place or is currently implementing Lean there sometimes is a strong “we already have method for this”-sentiment, or team members feel that they already do what Howwe suggest they should do, and now they need to do it twice.

Howwe and our strategic execution software is in fact a complement to the way most Lean-enabled teams work today.

    Benefits of working with Lean

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    Increase the proactive sales to the profitable housing market

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    Keep the OTIF, On Time In Full, on a high level

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    Connect the daily operational control incl. LEAN within the factories with the company's overall Most Important Goals

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    Increasing the cross-functionality and ownership - succeed in getting the full power out of an organization

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    Get the company's leaders to go from acting reactively to proactively in their daily management and follow-up

    Kaizen/daily steering vs. Strategic steering with Howwe’s strategic execution software

    How to connect the daily steering (LEAN, Kaizen, etc.) within the factories with the company’s overall Most Important Goals?

    How Howwe's strategic execution software works
    Jonas Hernborg

    Jonas Hernborg

    CEO at Elitfönster

    Elitfönster use Lean for their daily steering and Howwe’s strategic execution software to keep the strategic direction and secure acceleration of growth of their most important goals.

    Jonas Hernborg, you have an organization with both white and blue collars. How does Howwe’s strategic execution software and the Howwe way of working align in the organization with daily steering, such as Lean?

    When you’re running a production facility, there are endless operational parameters you try to optimize on a daily basis. The primary tool is the daily steering within the LEAN framework and that’s really running your typical day-to-day stuff.
    However, you can’t rely only on the day-to-day tools, you need to connect this also to where we are heading and a lot of time the behavioral change we need to do overtime – which is more on a strategic level. Howwe adds the strategic direction of where you want to go.

    Basically, you can say that the daily steering is the instrument panel of the car but Howwe is used as your GPS to get them going in the right direction and get the behavior of going in the right direction for the company and the people working there. They complement each other and we need both.

    We use Howwe to steer the organization both vertically and horizontally. Now, we see that the management priorities reach all the way down in the organization, creating a powerful effect on the results.

    Patrik Parnfors

    Patrik Parnfors

    Vice President at Howwe Technologies

    “Many of the companies we support within the manufacturing and industrial sector struggle with the implementation of their interdivisional and global transformation projects.  Modernization and automation of an often traditional industry are key. With massive organizations, aligning the whole organization and making the business plan actionable on all levels is challenging.

    Howwe supports many of the world’s largest brands to achieve both organization-wide transformation and acceleration of financial results. Let me show you what Howwe can do for your organization.”

    “Many of the companies we support within the manufacturing and industrial sector struggle with the implementation of their interdivisional and global transformation projects.  Modernization and automation of an often traditional industry are key. With massive organizations, aligning the whole organization and making the business plan actionable on all levels is challenging.

    Howwe supports many of the world’s largest brands to achieve both organization-wide transformation and acceleration of financial results. Let me show you what Howwe can do for your organization.”

    Patrik Parnfors

    Patrik Parnfors

    Vice President at Howwe Technologies

    Measurable and proven acceleration of growth

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    of our clients succeed in achieving an ROI between 3.5 to 9 (Return on Investment calculated on EBIT)

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    of our clients succeed in achieving an ROI between 10 to 25 (Return on Investment calculated on EBIT)

    Some of our customers’ ROI

    When we say that the results in Howwe’s strategic execution software are measurable and provable – we mean it. Here are some examples of the return on investment that two of our amazing customers have achieved in their first 12 months of using Howwe and our strategic execution software.

    How Elitfönster got a ROI of 25x

    Elitfönster is Sweden’s largest producer of windows and doors. They use LEAN to optimize their daily steering combined with Howwe’s strategic execution software to get the strategical steering and the behavioral change needed to reach their goals. 

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    Meet some of our customers

    It’s one thing when we say how amazing Howwe is. It’s another when our customers say it. Get to know some of our customers and hear them talk about their experiences using Howwe’s strategic execution software.

    Meet some of our customers

    It’s one thing when we say how amazing Howwe is. It’s another when our customers say it. Get to know some of our customers and hear them talk about their experiences using Howwe’s strategic execution software.

    Introduction to the Howwe Way of Working

    The Howwe Way of Working consists of three main concepts. These are:

    MIGs (Most Important Goals). These are the few goals your team has chosen to focus on for the next 12 months. Related to this is the so-called “top MIG”, which as the name suggests is the organization’s very top goal, the one that the management group is working towards. All team MIGs should be in aid of the top MIG, meaning that achieving them will help to achieve the top MIG.

    Key Activities: Key Activities are the activities that need to be conducted each week to reach the team MIG.

    Acceleration Meeting: At the core of the Howwe Way of Working is what we call “relentless execution”. What we mean by this is that if the whole team focuses on the activities needed to achieve the goals every week, progress is evident quite fast. In the Howwe Way of Working this is in a short team meeting every week where last week’s progress and next week’s commitment are discussed.

    Here is what the Howwe way of working can look like for a production company.

    Examples of Most Important Goals for Production

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    Examples of Key Activities for a Production Manager

    Head of for example of a section in the factory
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    Sprint - Key Activities

    Sprint – Key Activities

    Sprint Key Activities helps teams to become more focused on what truly matters. It supports leaders to unite their team around their agenda rather than the different functional or individual priorities.

    Management Team Elitfönster

    Sprint – Key Activities

    Sprint Key Activities helps teams to become more focused on what truly matters. It supports leaders to unite their team around their agenda rather than the different functional or individual priorities.

    Sprint - Key Activities

    Management Team Elitfönster

    Tips for working with Sprint Key Activities

    Howwe Technologies met up with Micael Broström, Sales & Marketing Director at Elitfönster, to get his perspective on modern leadership and the benefits of working with Sprint Key Activities.

    What are you waiting for?

    Howwe is a market-leading strategic execution software for enterprise execution

    With Howwe’s strategic execution software companies are able to align their strategy and workforce and identify what needs to be prioritized to reach their Most Important Goals.

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