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Colin de Kwant

VICE PRESIDENT

Colin grew up in the Netherlands and in addition to consulting he’s teaching and researching at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.

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Colin de Kwant

VICE PRESIDENT

Colin grew up in the Netherlands and in addition to consulting he’s teaching and researching at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.

MY SHORT STORY

"We laughed and dived into what the client had realized. Standardization is not enough. It's not scalable. We need to go modular."

When we first met the client at as his office, I noticed the walls were covered with print-outs of analyses and statistics. He was under a lot of pressure, leading engineering and manufacturing for the global operations. It was clear he had become aware of what was hindering them from being more successful with lean.

“When you’re in a project business like ours, you have to make a choice,” he said, pointing at a sign. He read from the sign, “There are 3 kinds of service, Good, Cheap and Fast, but you can pick only two. Pick Good & Cheap and you won’t be Fast. Pick Fast & Good and you won’t be Cheap. And Cheap & Fast won’t be any Good.”

We laughed and dived into what the client had realized. We do not have control of our interfaces. Standardization is not enough. It’s not scalable. We need to go modular.

We came to do a number of short projects together. to build confidence in the different engineering and manufacturing locations in South America, Asia and Europe. Each project was a collaboraton between global and local experts from his organization but also Sales and R&D. Cultures are different but technology, market understanding and working together through our method, supported by their leader brought the teams together. Despite the short time plan we had for each project, outcomes were fascinating, even outperforming larger initiatives done with other consultancies. 

I love seeing teams become energized, confident and equipped to improve their work life. Being a consultant, it’s a bit sad to always move on to next projects and teams. At the same time every team and project also makes you stronger, you learn and improve to support a next team and organization even better. 

I have kept contact with this client, on and off. Even years later, after he had moved to a next position and faced new challenges for us to help sort out. It is challenges like these, that force you to move boundaries people have accepted there to be and reveal the power of modularity.

Colin de Kwant

Colin de Kwant

VICE PRESIDENT
Customers want innovative products, fast. Brands want to make customers happy and companies want to be 21st century lean. How does that all work? Modular Management delivers clarity, performance and customer centricity so clients can reduce complexity and accelerate value creation.
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The Power of Modular Design