Not long ago I was at the Olympic velodrome in London turning my hand to track cycling. The speed of the group I was in kept increasing and we found ourselves going higher and higher around each bend. Hard work I can tell you.
A couple of laps later, mid corner and a rider at the front of the group came off. They slid down the boards right in front of us. Fortunately we all avoided crashing into each other and the rider was OK, except for a few friction burns.
Why did they fall?
Simply put, they ran out of energy and couldn't keep up with the ever increasing pace (I wasn't far off falling myself!)
They couldn't scale up.
What could the rider do to prevent this happening next time? Buy a lighter bike? Buy some fancy wheels? Or work on their own fitness?
The temptation is often to reach for the easiest answer and find 'solutions' that don't actually solve the problem. Would a new bike or wheels make them faster? Possibly, but if you aren't fit enough then any gains will be quickly lost and forgotten.
The expense becomes hard to justify.
When thinking about process improvement, particularly in the supply chain, do you; throw more people at the problem (get a new bike), invest in point solutions (the wheels) or are you going to work on your fitness, get leaner, increase your power to weight ratio and tackle the actual issue.
OmPrompt's Customer Automation Management is all about helping large FMCG and healthcare companies increase their power to weight ratios.