Incremental Improvement Works.
“Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.”
― David Foster Wallace
There are many articles discussing how to make time for improvement, and The Lean Blog does a great job summarizing some responses to that dilemma. The various opinions discuss prioritizing, making time, getting people involved, and so on. And this article, Are you too busy to improve?, talks about focusing on ‘the system’, quoting Deming “A bad system will beat a good person every time."
All of these are very valid approaches, but when considering how to "make time," it’s advantageous to think about incremental improvement as well – a deliberate approach of gradual and constant small improvements.