Continuous Improvement. It isn’t new. It is simple in principle, and yet so hard to get right. In a world driven by consistency and standardization, why are there so many ways of doing this?
Perhaps you are early or starting out in your journey into this world. Or, like many of us have, you face a challenge, an impasse within your business and you are searching for clarity or a bit of inspiration.
Regardless, what you are reading will hopefully explain and demystify some of these topics and share some pragmatic advice based on 20 years of success (and failure).
We will briefly explore how the different improvement worlds have evolved, what they have in common, but also, crucially, what divides them.
In our guide we will outline some of the deployment methods that exist and in what context they are applied.
On top of that, we will share some top tips that work in terms of key success criteria to look for, how to build out the required roles to make your deployment work, and some of the challenges associated with making this work across a plethora of industries.
The loudest, most consistent challenge we continue to hear from experts or novices in this industry is the confusing variation that exists across different companies and consultancies when it comes to the what and how of improvement.
When is it Continuous Improvement vs Process Improvement? Why are some companies doing Lean and some doing Six Sigma – or both?
– History of Lean and Six Sigma
– How improvement has been impacted by evolutions in capacity and demand
– 6 common principles of improvement, regardless of the method applied
– A summary of tools and techniques at 3 levels (with a summary of the associated tools and techniques):
– Operational basics / Daily Management
– Improvement as a project
– A focus on the phases of a DMAIC project and associated core toolsMore complex Improvement Projects
– More sophisticated Six Sigma and Lean applications
– The challenges and success criteria for Continuous Improvement
– Building a team and culture for improvement to thrive
– The benefits and value of Continuous Improvement