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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

20 01, 2022

Five Bad Root Cause Analysis Questions You Should Never Ask

By |2022-04-05T01:55:54-07:00January 20th, 2022|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Safety - Risk Management Work Systems|Comments Off on Five Bad Root Cause Analysis Questions You Should Never Ask

Five Bad Root Cause Analysis Questions You Should Never Ask by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems How effective are your root cause analysis questions? As a Western culture, we don’t do very well when it comes to root cause analysis. All too often, we blame people, equipment, or the weather. You can hear it at [...]

30 06, 2021

Why Our Corrective Actions Fail

By |2022-05-12T01:14:13-07:00June 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 cross my eyes and pass through my ears as time passes. Over time, I began to see a definite pattern. It wasn’t the obvious ‘most of our fixes are weak’ pattern many people see [...]

20 06, 2021

How to Write Effective Corrective Actions

By |2022-05-12T01:12:41-07:00June 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 |2022-04-05T02:01:32-07:00May 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 [...]

7 04, 2021

The Business Sports Analogy Dilemma

By |2022-03-17T07:10:40-07:00April 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 |2022-04-20T03:32:04-07:00April 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 [...]

25 03, 2021

How Many Process Improvement Tools Do You Use?

By |2022-04-05T02:03:49-07:00March 25th, 2021|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma|Comments Off on How Many Process Improvement Tools Do You Use?

How Many Process Improvement Tools Do You Use? by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems The percentage of people who have process improvement tool proficiency is a key process improvement driver in most organizations. In too many businesses however, too few people use a limited set of improvement tools to diagnose and fix [...]

16 02, 2021

How Do You Spend Your Work Time?

By |2022-03-22T01:05:22-07:00February 16th, 2021|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Work Systems and Organizational Ergonomics|Comments Off on How Do You Spend Your Work Time?

How Do You Spend Your Work Time? by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems How Do You Spend Work Time and Money to Make Money? My definition of work is simple – people spend work time and money to make money. That definition does not match the official definition of work [...]

9 02, 2021

Examining Job Hazard Analysis Effectiveness – Baldrige Style

By |2022-03-27T11:15:41-07:00February 9th, 2021|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Safety - Risk Management Work Systems|Comments Off on Examining Job Hazard Analysis Effectiveness – Baldrige Style

Examining Job Hazard Analysis Effectiveness - Baldrige Style by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems For over 20 years now, I have had the pleasure to serve as a Baldrige Performance Excellence award Examiner. Plus, I have taught over 425 TapRooT® root cause analysis courses over the past seventeen-plus years. Combined, these experiences [...]

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