Importance of Sponsorship

One of the most common tools used in lean is the kaizen event.  This is where a group of people supporting a process, as well as the customers and suppliers of the process, are sequestered for 3-5 days to improve the process.  There is a facilitator that leads the team members through the improvement process.

There are many important aspects of a kaizen event that have to be done correctly to make it as successful as possible.  The most important of part of preparing for a kaizen event is making sure you get the correct sponsorship.  It does not matter how much you improve the process, without the right sponsorship the implementation plan and sustainment can fail miserably.

There are two types of sponsorship that I usually work with: executive and primary.

Executive Sponsorship is usually a senior level leader or leaders.  Usually, a director level or higher but this may very depending on your organization.  The responsibilities of an executive sponsor is to:

  • Initiate and drive the case for change/improvement
  • Have the authority to approve the future state and implementation plan
  • Actively and visibly participate in the change
  • Promote the change with their subordinates
  • Partners and links with other Senior leader to ensure the change is approved & implemented across the entire process

Primary Sponsorship is usually a middle to senior level leader who is vested in the process.  These are sponsors that the kaizen event facilitator will work closely with to ensure it is successful.  The responsibilities of the primary sponsor is to:

  • Implement the future state within the stated time frames
  • Actively and visibly participate in the change
  • Promote the change with their subordinates
  • Authorize the change
  • Provide resources to enable and support the change
  • Link with other middle and senior level managers to ensure the change is approved & implemented

Sponsorship of the kaizen event is critical in order to gain buy-in and help sustain the improvements made by the team.  So be sure you have the sponsors’ buy-in to support the kaizen event and the changes that come out of it.

 

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Posted on April 16, 2012, in Communication, Engagment, Improvement, Tools and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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