A complete understanding of a process, the ramifications of any and all changes, and the fundermental motivation for lowest cost product that meets the end customers needs – absolutely essential
This may involve experts from more than one part of the process
Document every variable in every step first
Setting out to prove a theory is counter productive.
Vested interests are counter productive.
Problem solving teams are unweildy, but are sometimes worthwhile to ensure that all are pulling in the same direction
Thorough dated documentation of all meetings, step changes, with results, including failures, must be circulated promptly, by the team leader