When production demand grows from a few to dozens to hundreds to thousands, manufacturing requires different methods to maintain quality, delivery, and profitability. It is often not as simple as progressively adding more people or more equipment. The greater volume requires new technology and new controls. These changes drive product design changes as well as production and procurement changes. Entirely new systems drive the fulfillment side of the business.
For enterprise-wide scaling up advice, check out Verne Harnish’s work at www.gazelles.com. Preparing your business to grow repeatedly by leaps and bounds requires intentional efforts across your people, your strategy, your business execution, and cash flow management. Mr. Harnish and his team lay out a systematic approach to working through these four elements to support each jump from your current situation to your new 2X-10X state.
When designing the next stage of your operation, follow Stephen Covey’s advice:
“Begin with the end in mind.” Stephen Covey