Consultant Philip Stevenije on the power of accessible improvement
Consultant Philip Stevenije on the power of accessible improvement. Philip Stevenije of PS Advies believes in accessible improvement, and so do we!
Many companies want to improve but don’t know how to. Kaizen is a very effective method for realizing a successful improvement culture.
Every company wants to improve. It’s the only path towards more productivity, better quality, less malfunctioning, and better operational results. But the way to do it is often unclear.
Usually, companies talk about day-to-day affairs, but lasting improvements aren’t picked up or adequately executed. In general, these three situations can occur:
Often, the first step in an improvement process is installing a suggestion box. Everyone can put their ideas into the (digital) suggestion box, hoping that lasting improvements might follow. Unfortunately, many times that won’t work because it’s unclear who the owner of the idea is. The original sender might not be able to clarify his vision on the idea, and the receiver doesn’t own or recognize the problem sufficiently, which means the idea will be left behind.
Kaizen is different. It’s a way of thinking, focused on a changing improvement culture. You really can’t change the performance of a company overnight. It’s a stepped process, with small steps. Kaizen consistently focuses on relevant improvements instead of ad hoc solutions.
Kaizen realizes two key points immediately:
Kaizen subsequently offers standardized techniques to address the issue. The Plan-Do-Check-Act principle of the Deming circle is the basis for the process: identify the problem, find a solution, secure the idea with an improved standard, and grow towards the next step in the improvement process. Kaizen makes it easy to make improving a part of the every-day process.
Companies often start out sticking Post-it notes to a wall. That’s a good way to get to know the process. However, the limitations of that system become apparent when you work between departments: how do you get these Post-it notes from one department to the other? And how do you deal with a rapidly growing number of improvements? When a medium-sized company wants to start improving, the number of improvement activities might lead up to 2000 per year. Then it’s time for a more convenient system.
Cierpa Kaizen is a clear system that makes improvement activities visible and manageable.
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