With OQM® you concentrate on the Minimum Factor
It makes more sense to learn the universal principles behind successful organizations than to simply copy methods or models, then to examine one’s own organization in that light and develop individual measures to work on these principles.
Imagine your organization as a large barrel which is made up of individual wooden staves. To be more exact, out of eight wooden staves which represent the eight areas which are vital for the quality of an organization. Usually these quality characteristics are present in differing strengths in an organization, correspondingly the wooden staves in our example are of different lengths.
What happens now when you pour water into this barrel? The barrel holds the water until the water lever reaches the shortest stave. Then it runs over. Regardless of how long the other staves are – the shortest is always the limiting factor. So it makes sense to lengthen the shortest stave.
That’s why OQM® initially focuses all measures on the weakest area of an organization: the Minimum Factor.