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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 visual representation that helps to understand the flow of value in a business 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. It is considered as an improvement tool rather than just a definition of how the process operates or should operate. 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 for achieving improvement. It is a document that will guide through the implementation of a long-term goal or project. Whether you are a department manager, a lean practitioner or Master Black Belt, this template will enable you to list your goals or improvement priorities, identify the baseline performance for each goal, identify where you want to be at some time in the future, and then 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 Roadmaps

Improvement Roadmaps

Our long-term project management and process improvement can be very complicated. We can drive with no fixed destination or time constraints. We need to know and understand where we are now, and then find the fastest and simplest way to achieve our targets. A map can always help to find our way! Read more »»

Project Tracking Template

The Project Tracking Template is designed to provide project managers and team leaders with the methods required to manage and control improvement projects. It is an easy project management tool that can be used to monitor and track improvement projects from planning to full implementation. It includes three sections, each of which has its own purpose:

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