Shopfloor Management

The right mindset as a prerequisite for efficient value creation.

Active shop floor management

Shopfloor management is the prerequisite for implementing lean processes. In the first step, we analyze the initial situation and future challenges. The second step is a comprehensive vulnerability analysis. With the appropriate key figures and a comprehensive KPI analysis, we ensure a transparent presentation of the most important key figures, e.g. in the SQCD logic. In this context, active management work on the shop floor is our focus.

Reactivating the employees’ imagination, forming a team – no easy task! But it also starts before that. The communication structure in the company across the various hierarchical levels is crucial. If operational goals are cascaded from management to the individual levels and feedback is provided in the opposite direction via “tier meetings” from the shop floor level, the organizational prerequisites for a lively shop floor management are in place.

At the same time, at the shop floor level, it is important to abstract and reflect on the processes, for example through “playful” methods. Roles must be communicated, especially for production-related managers, and exemplified by daily processes. Complementary, simple, analytical examples can help production-related managers and employees jump-start their thinking. One goal is to develop employees and managers into a self-improving overall organization.

A “Break Through” approach, aimed at breaking through the believed productivity limit in a short period of time, can provide new motivation to all involved. Experience teaches us that the more difficult it is to convince a team at first and the more difficult it is to develop solutions with a team, the greater the acceptance and the scope of the self-developed idea later on. That is why ifp consulting also pursues the approach: helping people to help themselves. We enable your team to independently develop and carry out the solutions after a project.


Digital real-time dashboards help to make tier meetings efficiently and to be able to track targets across the various management levels all the way to the shop floor. They minimize the effort of key figure reporting and actively contribute to the clarification of causes through an interactive design.

Our services

  • Inspirations-Workshops
    Gain external impressions, take off with new motivation
  • Increase in plant efficiency
    Meaningful accompanying project to consolidate roles for active shop floor management
  • Analytical target definition
    Identify potentials, discuss & approach goals with equal understanding
  • KPI-Selection
    Setting the focus correctly – as simple as possible, as precise as necessary
  • Live-Dashboards
    We accelerate your analytics cycle by implementing live dashboards

Where shop floor management fails

Factors of success

Shopfloor management has already been initiated on most factory floors and boards for visual management have been installed. However, there was often a cooling off and subordinate interest in the metrics & methods after the launch. The reasons for this vary: On the one hand, the administrative effort is too great, as key figures have to be comprehensively prepared and analyzed. On the other hand, CIP cards may be piling up, and it can be observed that employee interest in departmental goals is waning. ifp consulting helps you to change this.

Our success factor is a close-knit team of consultants with a high level of technical understanding. This enables us to understand problems, evaluate them and present the consequences transparently so that we can develop goal-oriented solutions in customer teams. In doing so, we work together with you to create modern and robust business processes – efficiently and at eye level with the project participants.