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

25 03, 2021

How Many Process Improvement Tools Do You Use?

By |2021-12-22T02:43:22-08:00March 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 |2021-12-21T14:43:56-08:00February 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 [...]

12 02, 2021

Evaluating Root Cause Analysis Processes

By |2021-08-29T02:31:09-07:00February 12th, 2021|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Safety - Risk Management Work Systems|Comments Off on Evaluating Root Cause Analysis Processes

Evaluating Root Cause Analysis Processes by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems How do you find root causes? Organizations use a variety of approaches to find the root causes of problems. In turn, it can be a challenge to evaluate root cause analysis processes. The most popular, formal approach is probably the fishbone, or Ishikawa, diagram. This approach [...]

9 02, 2021

Examining Job Hazard Analysis Effectiveness – Baldrige Style

By |2021-09-07T15:56:52-07:00February 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 help [...]

22 09, 2020

Top Seven Equipment Reliability Improvement Tips

By |2021-12-22T02:49:36-08:00September 22nd, 2020|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Safety - Risk Management Work Systems|Comments Off on Top Seven Equipment Reliability Improvement Tips

My Top Seven Equipment Reliability Improvement Tips by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems How Do You Measure Equipment Reliability? An organization needs an effective equipment reliability improvement process for two main reasons. First, such a process helps minimize process costs. More importantly, it helps ensure that the company can get products or services to its customers [...]

1 04, 2020

Exploring Barriers to Process Improvement

By |2021-08-18T15:44:15-07:00April 1st, 2020|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Work Team Leadership and Coaching|Comments Off on Exploring Barriers to Process Improvement

What are Your Barriers to Process Improvement? By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Most organizations want to improve.  For example, lean six sigma appears to still be the hot improvement topic.  As time progresses, we will watch this improvement effort fade in popularity. Some day, something that may sound new or better may [...]

8 02, 2020

Are You a Lean Six Sigma Leader?

By |2021-12-23T03:44:05-08:00February 8th, 2020|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Work Team Leadership and Coaching|Comments Off on Are You a Lean Six Sigma Leader?

Are You a Lean Six Sigma Leader? by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems Over the past few years, the application of lean six sigma thinking and lean six sigma tools has begun its shift away from the production lines. Lean six sigma tool use in many organization led to lots of success. [...]

18 08, 2019

How Many Processes Do You Own?

By |2021-08-18T15:39:15-07:00August 18th, 2019|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Work Systems and Organizational Ergonomics|Comments Off on How Many Processes Do You Own?

How Many Processes Do You Own? By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems How many processes do you have in your organization? On the surface, this seems like a fairly simple question to answer. If you try to answer this question yourself, you might find that it is pretty tough to come up with [...]

10 06, 2019

Effective Rule Enforcement

By |2021-08-18T15:38:07-07:00June 10th, 2019|Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, Safety - Risk Management Work Systems, Work Team Leadership and Coaching|Comments Off on Effective Rule Enforcement

Effective Rule Enforcement – Exploring Alternatives to Discipline By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems This article builds on a 2017 article that provided four steps to effective rule enforcement. In that foundational article, I focused on the need for clear, well-communicated rules that are consistently enforced through the use of primarily positive, and in some [...]

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