Continuous Improvement Methods, Tools and Additional Resources
Continuous improvement means evaluating processes regularly using proven methods and tools to ensure that expected outcomes are achieved in the most efficient way possible. While individuals make incremental improvements every day, rapid improvement that crosses departments can be difficult for the following reasons:
- Individuals may not understand the whole process because they only do part of it.
- Individuals are focused on their day to day work and may not have time to fully understand the process.
- The process involves multiple people from different departments using many systems, forms, etc.
- Individuals have been doing their work a certain way for a long time because that’s how they were told to do it, but they really don’t know why.
- Individuals are not sure who owns the process or who may be impacted by it, so they don’t know how to change it.
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