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The 5 Phases of the DMAIC Improvement Cycle

Posted by Taylor Edwards

Aug 17, 2020 11:25:13 AM

The DMAIC improvement cycle is a structured, data-centric approach to problem-solving. DMAIC (pronounced də-MAY-ick) stands for "Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control." It is an essential element of the Lean and Six Sigma business methodologies, but it can also be valuable for any organization looking to support continuous improvement.

Each phase of the cycle has a defined set of tasks and objectives. Let's have a closer look at each of them.

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Topics: Lean, Improvement Process, DMAIC

How to Prepare for Your Next Kaizen Event

Posted by Maggie Millard

Mar 23, 2020 1:43:53 PM

Kaizen events, also called rapid improvement events, or blitzes, are a useful way to implement positive change in short order. Still, it takes planning and preparation to make them as helpful as possible. We’ve heard dozens of horror stories about Kaizen events that went wrong. That’s not a shock because there are lots of ways that improvement events can go astray. The best way to avoid that fate is to put in the effort beforehand to make sure your event is a huge success. Here are our most important tips.

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Topics: Kaizen, Improvement Process

Process Improvement Tools for New Managers

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Jan 22, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Taking responsibility for managing the work of others for the first time can be somewhat intimidating. Now, you are in a position to magnify your impact on the organization by helping others produce outstanding results. While it is true that there’s no substitute for experience, there are some proven tools and techniques that can help you hit the ground running. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Topics: Improvement Process, Improvement Methodology

How to Get Started with Digital Continuous Improvement

Posted by Maggie Millard

Jan 17, 2020 1:37:00 PM

For many companies, 2020 will be the year they implement digital continuous improvement. If your organization has decided to do that or is considering doing so, congratulations! We know from the considerable experience of our clients that implementing improvement technology can lead to more completed projects with a more significant impact.

Like most things that are worth doing, however, it isn’t as simple as it may seem. Just picking an application and asking employees to login, isn’t going to produce optimal results. There are some very specific things your team can do to set the stage for success. Based on what we’ve heard from our customers, here’s what we recommend.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement Software, Improvement Process, Improvement Methodology

Continuous Improvement Resolutions for 2020

Posted by Maggie Millard

Jan 2, 2020 1:39:32 PM

The start of a new year is a time of renewed hope and a sea of possibilities. Hopefully, you’ve had the chance to take a bit of a break over the holidays and are ready to kill it in 2020.

Many of us use the turn of the year as an opportunity to set some new goals, work on adopting more useful habits, and resolve to change what isn’t working. When it comes to your continuous improvement activities, there are a few simple changes you can make that will likely produce positive results. Here are a few that we can recommend.

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Topics: Leadership, Improvement Process

Top 10 Tips for a Successful Kaizen Event

Posted by Maggie Millard

Dec 19, 2019 12:34:00 PM

Kaizen events, also called rapid improvement events, are an excellent way to tackle some of your organization’s trickiest challenges. During a Kaizen event, a small team dedicates 100% of their time for a period of three to five days to dig into the root cause of a problem, identify possible solutions, conduct an improvement cycle, and document their results. Because so much valuable time is devoted to the process, you must get the most out of every use of this CI technique. Here are a few ways to make sure your next event is a huge success.

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Topics: Lean, Kaizen, Improvement Process

11 Reasons to Consider Process Improvement Software

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Aug 22, 2019 1:11:17 PM

We’ve yet to meet a business leader who believes that every process in the organization is perfect. We all want to get lower costs, better customer satisfaction scores, more efficiency, and new ways of driving revenue. The difference between organizations that achieve these ends, and those that can’t, often comes down to the structure upon which process improvement initiatives are built. Process improvement software offers a number of compelling advantages. 

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Topics: Software, Continuous Improvement Software, Improvement Process

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