A detailed determination of the state of things is essential in order for an industrial engineering system to exploit productivity reserves fully. When gauging the company’s position, its industrial engineering potential is investigated.
The analysis focuses on the following:
- strategy and target IE system
- IE business processes
- employee skills
- methodological expertise in designing processes, designing the workplace, designing products, determining timing specifications, and planning and controlling performance
- technical system and infrastructure
A key element to gauging the company’s position is an IE-system maturity model that has been refined over the years. It describes the “ideal” state of the IE organizational structure being practiced, addressing the technical system, process, methods, employees, strategy, and organization.
The maturity is determined in fine detail using one of the four maturity levels provided by the model. The degree of discrepancy with the “ideal” state reveals the individual company’s need for action, which is split up into priorities and progressively exploited, with progress in turn being measured using the model.
During this stage, the company’s management gains a detailed insight as to where it stands with the exploitation of productivity reserves and obtains a concrete plan for establishing or developing the industrial engineering system.