Improving Productivity Through Quality And Cost Reduction

Category: Aci Code Requirements And Specifications For Concrete Design, Construction And Repair Training

Course Description


  • Identify ways and means to improve organizational and/or departmental productivity in order to increase profits and/or 
  • Decrease/eliminate costs or losses.
  • Apply several cost reduction strategies in order to meet changing global, statutory and market conditions.
  • Identify business processes in need for 
  • Revaluating and/or reengineering.
  • Recognize and apply quality improvement techniques in order to improve productivity.

Course Outline

  • Definitions
  • Process-Based View
  • Productivity Limitations
  • The MUDA Factor
  • Eight Types of Waste
  • Cost of Poor Quality
  • The Quality Approach

    • Quality Defined
    • Avoiding Wastage and Adding Value to the Customer 
    • (Cost Reduction Strategies)
    • Cornerstones of Quality
    • Setting Up a Cost Reduction Program
    • Cost Savings Project Selection Roadmap
    • Barriers to Cost Reduction Programs
    • The Resistance Psychology in Humans
    • The Role of Suggestion Schemes

    Productivity Improvement Tools

    • Tool Selection
    • Brainstorming
    • Pareto
    • How-How Method 
    • Why-Why Method
    • Ishikawa Fish-Bone Diagram
    • Six Sigma
    • Lean Principles
    • Non-Value Added Analysis
    • Reengineering
    • The Focus Method

    Cost Reduction Opportunities

    • Streamlining the Organization
    • The “ESSA”  Method
    • Savings in Material Costs
    • Reducing the Costs of Services
    • 140 Ideas to Cut Costs

    Measuring your Productivity Initiatives

    • Key Performance Indicators 
    • Setting Targets for Cost Reduction
    • Benchmarking
    • Types of Benchmarking
    • The Balanced Scorecard
    • The Dashboard