Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma Focus Area

Process Improvement Lean Focus Area

Process improvement and lean six sigma approaches are key to sustaining high performance in any type of organization. Fortunately, there are many different strategies that you can try. For over 40 years, I have been able to experiment with, install, and improve process improvement work systems in a variety of work settings.

In general, process work teams provide ideas and support for continue improvement efforts. Cross-functional focus and project work teams initiate improvements that lead to step changes in performance. Ideally, all work team leaders, at all organizational levels, use basic process improvement tools to improve the processes they own.

Do you want to put an effective process improvement work system in place? If so, let me help you avoid the need to re-invent the wheel. Fortunately, I have learned from the mistakes of myself and others in the past. Also, my Baldrige Examiner tenure gives me a wealth of best practice work system designs to choose from.

In addition to the posts with a process improvement and lean six sigma focus on this page, there are additional pages on this site to help you expand your knowledge in this area. If you don’t see the information you are after here, please send me an email with your questions.

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Enjoy these best practice work system posts. Thank you for the visit, please come back, and keep improving!

Keep improving!

Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems

kevin@greatsystems.com

14 01, 2022

Explore the 3-Day TapRooT® Virtual Root Cause Analysis Course!

By |2022-01-14T00:59:33-08:00January 14th, 2022|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Safety - Risk Management Work Systems|Comments Off on Explore the 3-Day TapRooT® Virtual Root Cause Analysis Course!

Explore the 3-Day TapRooT® Virtual Root Cause Analysis Course! by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems What can you learn in a TapRooT® virtual root cause analysis course? Since October 2020, I have only taught virtual workshops. This pivot comes after over 15 years of teaching 400-plus in-person courses around the world. My 3-Day TapRooT® [...]

8 08, 2021

Tips for 5S Implementation Success

By |2021-12-22T03:31:51-08:00August 8th, 2021|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma|Comments Off on Tips for 5S Implementation Success

Tips for 5S Implementation Success by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Organizations can gain many benefits when they install a 5S process. Many organizations, however, fail to successfully accomplish this goal. A 5S implementation effort can be a challenge, as every staff member's job will change if the process is truly effective. Here [...]

7 07, 2021

Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Best Practices Workshop

By |2021-12-12T03:00:21-08:00July 7th, 2021|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Safety - Risk Management Work Systems|Comments Off on Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Best Practices Workshop

Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Writing Workshop By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Join me for my 2-day 'Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Writing' workshop at the 2022 TapRooT® Summit - May 2-3, 2022! Why Do the Same Problems Keep Coming Back? Errors happen daily. Fortunately, our work system [...]

30 06, 2021

Why Our Corrective Actions Fail

By |2021-12-21T02:22:59-08:00June 30th, 2021|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Safety - Risk Management Work Systems|Comments Off on Why Our Corrective Actions Fail

Why Our Corrective Actions Fail by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Tens of thousands of corrective and preventive actions have crossed my eyes and passed through my ears over the past forty-plus years. Over time, I began to see a definite pattern. It wasn’t the obvious ‘weak fix’ pattern many people see at [...]

20 06, 2021

How to Write Effective Corrective Actions

By |2021-12-22T02:41:06-08:00June 20th, 2021|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Safety - Risk Management Work Systems|Comments Off on How to Write Effective Corrective Actions

How to Write Effective Corrective Actions By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems A well-written corrective action clearly defines how to modify a process, or alter a piece of equipment, in order to reduce the potential for future human error or equipment failure. When we modify a process, we can add, or delete, one [...]

25 05, 2021

Four Steps to Effective Rule Enforcement

By |2021-12-21T12:48:26-08:00May 25th, 2021|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Safety - Risk Management Work Systems, Work Team Leadership and Coaching|Comments Off on Four Steps to Effective Rule Enforcement

Four Steps to Effective Rule Enforcement By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems One of the key reasons people make mistakes is that they don’t follow the rules. There are multiple reasons to explain why people break the rules, but we all too often fail to effectively address them to improve rule compliance, let [...]

27 04, 2021

Use the Baldrige Award Criteria to Measure Operational Excellence

By |2021-12-21T02:38:43-08:00April 27th, 2021|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Work Systems and Organizational Ergonomics|Comments Off on Use the Baldrige Award Criteria to Measure Operational Excellence

Use the Baldrige Award Criteria to Measure Operational Excellence By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems How Do You Measure Operational Excellence? At the most basic level, it should be relatively easy to measure operational excellence. All you have to do is measure and look at the results!  Many would argue that all one needs [...]

7 04, 2021

The Business Sports Analogy Dilemma

By |2021-12-22T02:42:07-08:00April 7th, 2021|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Work Team Leadership and Coaching|Comments Off on The Business Sports Analogy Dilemma

The Business Sports Analogy Dilemma by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems As a huge sports fan, it is difficult to resist the use of the occasional business sports analogy to explain a business concept. Unfortunately, I have been coached over the years to avoid the use of such analogies in [...]

4 04, 2021

Five Mistake Proofing Strategies for Error Free Work

By |2021-12-22T02:44:12-08:00April 4th, 2021|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Safety - Risk Management Work Systems|Comments Off on Five Mistake Proofing Strategies for Error Free Work

Five Mistake Proofing Strategies for Error Free Work By  Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems How mistake proof can you be? How many days can you go without making a mistake? Is it realistic to expect yourself, let alone anyone else, to make it through even one day without at least one [...]

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