RABIT Delivers Rapid Results: 20% More Output in Two Months

"The first focus of RABIT was to get the bottlenecked process up and going. The second and third goals were to speed up the process of getting product from vendors then to manufacturing... The first major success was in bringing the design documentation needed to manufacturing from a start time of 240 days to 110 days. These results in cycle time were accomplished in 6-7 weeks. Overall, the RABIT process brought structure, methodology and KPIs for long term success."

--Rune Thoresen, Global Manager, FMC Technologies

Do you find yourself buried under an avalanche of work in process, with more assignments on the way? Your customers demand completion now. Your team is so far behind that it can't complete even the simplest of tasks. They don't have the necessary inputs, so they are constantly starting and stopping their work. Communications snafus create more delays, causing all of your project lead times to grow exponentially.

Sound familiar?

The RABITtm process, a product of years of practical experience in improving project management processes, consistently produces dramatic increases in process output and productivity. So much so that we can confidently promise 20% more output in two months.

What's a RABIT?

RABIT stands for Rapid Analysis and Bottleneck Improvement Team. It is the tool you need when you must improve throughput fast. A unique approach that has been proven in environments ranging from make to stock manufacturing, to software development, to engineering. In fact, every RABIT we have conducted has reached or exceeded the goals of our client.

"The RABIT process took a stoppage in production and got it moving to its maximum capacity of eight units a month. After five weeks, we had put out the fire and opened the bottleneck. After 10 weeks we had changed our focus from multitasking to building a focused process. It took just two-and-a-half months to see major results and success."

--Fredrik Glette, Global Manager, MPS Core Components, Subsea Systems, FMC Technologies

Proven Results of RABIT

These are some of the actual results achieved using the RABIT process:

  • Average lead times reduced 28% and output increased 200%
  • 20% more output in two months
  • Improved communication, collaboration, focus, and prioritization

How RABIT Runs

The process focuses on three aspects of the workflow/project management process.

  • Resource task engagement - increase the productivity of the people who accomplish the work of the project/process
  • Proactive scheduling - implementing a single, rational task priority management system
  • Performance management - providing clear feedback on process performance so the stakeholders can improve their effectiveness

Collaboration & Communication

The process engages stakeholders and works to align all team members. A RABIT team is composed of a cross-functional group of process stakeholders. This team, under the guidance of a Pinnacle Strategies facilitator, then learns, understands, and implements the process improvements.

This alignment provides focus in identifying and opening the bottleneck. The RABIT leverages the value of focused people, with focused thoughts, executing focused actions.

To further ensure that all parties are in the loop, a RABIT team provides regular reports to senior leadership thereby creating accountability so that results can be measured, modified, and sustained.

RABIT Tools

RABIT is effective because it focuses on the core elements of the processes that block improved performance. It focuses on the bottleneck processes, implementing only the changes that will have the largest impact. These are typical elements of a RABIT project:

  • Eliminating over-production
  • Work scheduling and prioritization
  • Preventing resource multitasking
  • Clean start
  • Eliminating rework
  • Smoothing work hand-offs
  • Clear process measurements

Because the process focuses on the weakest link in the process, we see improvement within two to four weeks.

Sustaining Results

The RABIT process holds on to the gains it achieves. Throughout the process, the stakeholders and owners are actively working in developing and implementing the new processes. The process is deeply understood by the participants, so there is no loss of ground when the RABIT is completed. Each participant understands their role and the activity required to sustain and improve upon the results.

RABIT Timeline

Appraise & Organize the Effort (~2 wks.)
  • Appraise: Develop an understanding of the system and people involved. Collect data associated with projects current status and history. Define the metrics we will use (and what metrics are used now). Define the stakeholders.
  • Organize: Develop initial plan of action. Present the plan to the leadership team. Define the management and structures needed in the system. Prioritize work to be conducted. Define the core improvement team.

Improve the System (~4 wks.)

  • Define and implement the behaviors needed.
  • Develop and implement capacity management process changes as needed.
  • Bottleneck busting, as they are revealed.

Sustain the Improvements (~4 wks.)

  • Systematize the changes..
  • Integrate changes with the overall business processes (i.e., identify any IT efforts)..

To read more about RABIT, download ourRABIT white papers for manufacturing and engineering:

How You Can Deliver More Engineering Projects Faster and in Less Time

How You Can Increase Production Productivity by 20% in Less than Two Months