“When a broad systems approach to problem solving isn’t applied, bad things can happen…and they often do.”
A “systems thinker” is someone who takes the broader “system” into consideration before getting on with the fix to any particular problem. For manufacturers, it’s understanding their specific processes involved in producing their products before they make changes they believe will improve efficiency. Acting before understanding will delay finding the root cause of the issue, and will likely cause more problems in the long run. The systems thinker approach involves understanding what the problem is, thinking about potential solutions and making sure the data supports the outcome. By gaining visibility into their processes, manufacturers can pin-point where the inefficiencies are and make the necessary changes quickly and effectively.