Every great achievement started with an idea that someone decided to deliver.
The discovery stage is where ideas are born, refined, and tested.
We emphasize the importance of innovating with intent. Through our approach, innovation aligns with and reinforces strategy. In order to achieve this, we work with enterprise leaders to develop a robust business model that lays out a clear value proposition for customers. This process becomes the framework for concrete action and sets a direction for innovation development.
In the discovery stage ideas are born, refined, and selected. We bring people together in unique ways to collaborate on the development of great ideas that are aligned with the enterprise strategy and build on its distinctive competencies. We guide clients in developing processes for idea generation, which yield high-value results. Workshops and interviews can focus on a single key objective (introducing a new product line, expanding in a market, improving production efficiency, etc.) or have a broad corporate perspective.
Once ideas are created it is essential to evaluate and select the right ideas so that the enterprise focuses energy on those with the greatest potential and value. We work with the leadership team through the selection process to evaluate ideas, refine them, and select those that really count. In support of Discovery and Idea Generation, we provide:
Workshops and Training Programs – Develop essential skillsets for Innovation with Intent, develop a list of high potential ideas to create a competitive advantage.
Analysis and Evaluation – espi employs a data-driven approach for the evaluation of a range of options to short-list ideas that meet the strategic objectives.
Coaching – Developing skills so the management team can sustain the innovation process.
Process and Productivity Improvement “We dramatically improved our manufacturing productivity through several process improvements. As a result of the changes from this project, we are poised to achieve our goal of 30% revenue growth for each of the next three years.”
Management Information Systems “A multidisciplinary team worked together to evaluate, flowchart, and dissect our processes. Every step of our process was questioned. The JDM staff provided the direct mail industry acumen, and ESPI staff brought their expertise in ERP and a fresh external perspective.”
Strategic Improvements to Injection Molding Scheduling “The technical assistance provided by [our project partners] has been instrumental in optimizing the scheduling of Injection Molding. The project provided a new strategic direction that we intend to follow in how we will schedule production at our Allentown facility.”
Operational Improvements “With the completion of the project, we are now able to manufacture customized Personal Pages and generic Day-Timer planners at our facility, with reduced cycle time and reduced capital expense in a cellular environment. Attainment of our project goals was accomplished through cellular structure and extensive process simulation.”he improvements identified during this project have been implemented during the study and others are underway . . .These changes will lead to a planned throughput improvement of 25%.”