We help you improve your bottom line. Our services keenly focus on the operations improvements that produce desired financial results.

Through executive coaching, meeting facilitation, training modules, project planning, systems engineering and analysis, financial analysis and planning, and operations management improvement projects – we use a holistic, goal-oriented approach to producing results.

A rapid strategic planning process enables the client to establish a vision supported by primary goals and objectives. At SMI, we give our clients the tools to define real problems accurately by analyzing obstacles to achieve those  goals and objectives. To solve each problem, one or more projects are defined. Big projects are broken down into smaller, more manageable phases with well-defined scopes, costs and time lines. This approach is called modularity.

The human element must be taken into consideration to assure the success of each project. Executive coaching enables the business owner and senior managers to line themselves up for success. Training and coaching methods enable the work force to improve skills.  Lean tools, such as the A3 sheet, enable the company to establish a learning environment supported by a well-defined, decision making management mechanism.

Modularity is a key component of a systems approach to problem solving. After the bigger picture is defined and analyzed, specific portions are identified as manageable self-contained chunks of work, also known as a module.

Lean Transformation
Lean transformation is all about improving the cash flow by improving the flow of materials and the flow of information.  Throughput velocity and volume are improved by eliminating the waste of non-value-added operations. Lean Transformation services include:

  • Interactive, facilitated, value stream mapping sessions,
  • interactive, facilitated, A3 sheet project design,
  • lean training,
  • sensei support during project execution.

Systems Engineering
A systems engineering approach to problem solving enables businesses to achieve improvements, in the areas that impact the bottom line, with the least expenditure of resources. Almost without exception, working on the visible problem or dysfunction will not achieve results because the initiative engages only the symptom and not the root cause. Systems Engineering seeks a solution to the root cause, using a design methodology rather than an ad hoc approach. Systems projects require more upfront commitment of resources. Larger projects require proper planning and approvals, but in the end, fewer resources are expended to produce a better result in a shorter time.

Strategic Planning
A surprising number of companies do not have clearly articulated goals and objectives. As a result, they either keep on doing the same thing every day, even when it doesn’t make sense anymore, or they keep grasping at new opportunities without a clear idea of how that opportunity impacts the long-term prospects of the business. Ultimately, strategy is about deciding what not to do. SMI offers a service called “A Strategy in a Day” which helps clients get focused.

SMI offers training in business management, operations improvement, and the connection between company financial statements and operations. Much of SMI training focuses on the “soft skills” such as meeting skills, team formation, project management, management decision-making, and the learning organization.

Speaking Engagements
When Andy Pattantyus is the speaker, chapters of professional organizations show strong attendance at their professional development meetings.  Andy’s speaking style is an interactive teaching method.  Attendees take away at least one thing they can use at work the next day.