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PDCA Cycle

PDCA

The PDCA Cycle is a framework for problem solving, continuous improvement and change. It is widely recognized as the basis of continually improving the quality of processes, products, and services. It is an easy to remember four logical sequence steps: Plan, Do, Check and Act. It provides a simple and structured approach for solving quality-related problems. Multiple iterations of the PDCA cycle may be necessary to solve the problem permanently and reach the ultimate goal state.   Read more »  


 

Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping

A Value Stream Map (VSM) is a high-level visual representation of a business process. It helps to understand the flow of value in the process as perceived by the customer. Its primary goal is to identify and eliminate waste (Muda) and make the process as close to lean as possible. Although it is often associated with manufacturing, it can also be applied in product development and service-related industries such as healthcare, hospitality and logistics.

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SIPOC Analysis

SIPOC Analysis

A SIPOC Map is high-level summary of the process. It provides a big picture view of the important elements of the process to gain deeper understanding of the context in which the process occurs. SIPOC is an acronym that stands for Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs and Customers.

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Project Selection Template

This Project Selection Template is designed to provide management with information to support the project selection process. It allows to identify the most appropriate improvement projects and prioritize them based on their potential impact to the business. This ensures business priorities are taken into account, and drives management commitment by giving them the opportunity to contribute to the continuous improvement effort.

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Improvement Roadmap Template

An Improvement Roadmap is an approach that is used to guide through the implementation of a long-term improvement journey. Whether you are a department manager, a lean practitioner or Master Black Belt, this template will enable you to list your improvement goals, identify the baseline performance of each goal, identify where you want to be at some time in the future, and identify the metrics that will be used to measure the performance over time.

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Kaizen Event Charter Template

Kaizen Events are focused improvement activities designed to improve a process or work area. They emphasize on the elimination of unnecessary non-value added activities. This will result in improved quality, efficiency, delivery, cost saving, standardized systems and employee engagement. You can think of a Kaizen event as a continuous improvement activity at the micro level as opposed to some of the other large-scale efforts such as Lean and Six Sigma.

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Kaizen Report Template

A Kaizen Report is a form that documents and summarizes continuous improvement activities. It is used to share improvements and best practices across an organization, division or group. There are many ways to share Kaizen reports including public display boards, dedicated Kaizen bulletin boards, emails and the intranet. In all cases, Kaizen activities should be written clear and simple so that every team member can easily understand them. Additionally, Kaizen reports with photos and drawings tend to capture more attention.

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Improvement Roadmap

Improvement Roadmap

Our long-term continuous improvement effort can be complicated and a never-ending journey. A map can always be helpful in such situations to find the destinations and plan the best routes. A road map is a map that displays business-related information rather than natural geographical information. There are different types of roadmaps a business can use including: product, marketing, project, customer experience, change, and improvement roadmaps.

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