M4 Management

methods - measurement - management - motivation

A-STAR-T Programme

Purpose and Benefits

Designed for all business sectors including clerical, manufacturing, distributive, retail, government services and process industries, A-STAR-T Programme is a highly effective project-linked training which results in the elimination of waste and misuse of resources, improving service, quality and turnaround times at the same time as reducing costs.

A-STAR-T Programme provides:

Cost Savings

Savings will be achieved in both direct and indirect costs.

Fast Implementation

The programme is structured to achieve savings within a short space of time.

Greater Cooperation

A feature of the programme is the way in which it gets people from different departments working towards common objectives.

Alternatives to Redundancy

Because the programme concentrates upon the whole range of resources employed by companies, it provides credible alternatives to redundancy.

Improved Skills through Self-development

Management skills, particularly at Supervisory level, will be enhanced through a process of self-development. A lasting result is that Supervisors will be more alert to the opportunities to make improvements.

How A-STAR-T Programme Works

Basic Principles

Through a combination of carefully structured seminars and group activities, led by an experienced consultant, the programme:

  • Develops the awareness of those in Supervisory/Managerial positions of the ways in which resource inputs fail to be converted into wanted outputs.
  • Identifies examples (sometimes as many as 500) of resource misuse or wastage.

Provides a structure for:

  • Effective and Speedy implementation
  • Independent costing of the savings

Who takes part in the Programme?

A single programme consists of a group of 20 Supervisors, supported and sponsored by a group of 5 or 6 managers. The process can be repeated until all Supervisors have been included.

Duration of a Programme

A single plan spans a period of 8 weeks.

Stages in the Programme

Project Identification Phase. This consists of:

  • 3 five hour seminars (at weekly intervals) followed by tutorial sessions for the Supervisors and their Managers.

During this phase the participants:

  • Identify a range of savings opportunities.
  • Select one of these each for immediate implementation which becomes their project.

Project Implementation

  • The projects are implemented.

The savings projected are independently costed.

  • The consultant provides support and assistance at weekly tutorials.

Project Presentations

  • At the end of the implementation phase the results are presented to Senior Management.