What is the Lean method?

The literal translation of Lean is lean. In a business context, lean is a business strategy and, above all, a way of working. Here, everything within the organisation is focused on creating value for the customer. This is implemented in all processes with a focus on eliminating waste. This therefore makes the organisation leaner: Lean.

Is Lean applicable in the energy industry?

Lean is certainly applicable in the energy industry. After all, Lean focuses on making processes more efficient. And within the energy industry, you simply have a lot of those. Take customer-driven processes as an example, such as becoming a customer and the administrative process. But you also see processes within software development that could be more efficient.

Waste can be avoided within all these procedures in the energy industry. Waste can include waiting, corrections, overproduction and overprocessing. In total, Lean uses eight wastes. To accomplish the goals and rapid changes within the energy transition, it is a must for the energy industry to jettison waste. As a result, Lean is more than applicable within the energy industry.

How can ICE help professionals with Lean?

Within ICE, we have several Lean experts who can advise you on how your utility organisation can make positive impact with operational exelence. Our ICE Professionals are Green- and Blackbelt certified. ICE professionals already know the value streams within utility organisations well and will therefore make an impact even faster. Also, if you want advice or coaching on how to make lasting impact with lean, our ICE professionals can make a difference.

Process & Performance

Process & Performance Professionals deal with (re)formulating and achieving business objectives in the given, sometimes strongly changing, context. Our process experts and managers use the latest methods and techniques: besides LEAN, process mining or gamification are applied, for example. Naturally, our Interim (Project) Managers steer towards achieving the previously set goal. Besides steering on hard targets, they also have an eye for people!

Operational expert

Operational Experts are able to quickly master knowledge. These professionals are at the beginning of their careers or are seasoned experts with a lot of substantive knowledge in their areas of expertise including Sourcing & Forecasting, Allocation & Reconciliation, Measurement Data and Billing.

Data & Analytics

Data & Analytics Professionals at ICE Utility Professionals focus on aggregating, providing, managing and analysing data. Besides knowledge of how to analyse data and transform it into information, our consultants also have the necessary Business and Compliancy knowledge. This allows them to optimally support you in the transition to data-driven work and protect you from the legal frameworks of privacy.

Business & IT

Getting Business and IT to work together is a skill in itself. ICE Professionals have knowledge of both Business and IT and can therefore fulfil the bridging function between users, administrators, technical designers and management. As a result, your business processes and information systems are continuously improved and taken to the next level.