4 Continuous Improvement Examples in the Manufacturing Industry

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4 Continuous Improvement Examples in the Manufacturing Industry Continuous improvement (CI), also known as continuous process improvement or continuous quality improvement, is a systematic and ongoing effort to enhance manufacturing processes, products, and services over time. It involves identifying opportunities for improvement, making incremental changes, and monitoring the results to drive sustainable growth and competitiveness. […]

What Are 5 Whys in Six Sigma?

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What Are 5 Whys in Six Sigma? Six Sigma is a set of techniques for process improvement developed by Bill Smith at Motorola in the 1980s. The 5 Whys method is much older, and was being used by Toyota as early as the 1930s. Today, the 5 Whys technique is commonly used as part of […]

How to Create a Continuous Improvement Plan

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How to Create a Continuous Improvement Plan Continuous improvement (CI) is an ongoing process of making incremental changes and improvements to an organization’s products, services, processes, or systems. It involves analyzing current practices, identifying areas for improvement, and implementing changes to enhance performance, quality, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. Creating a continuous improvement plan is a […]

How to Perform 5 Whys Root Cause Analysis

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How to Perform 5 Whys Root Cause Analysis 5 Whys Root Cause Analysis is a problem-solving technique that helps identify the root cause of an issue—developed by Toyota’s founder, Sakichi Toyoda. At its core, this method is all about finding the underlying issue instead of just treating symptoms.  Quick tip: Using our online 5 Whys […]

What is the Right Measure?

Improvement practitioners often find themselves pushing people, organizations, and companies to quantify their operational performance beyond just financial measures. We grouse that companies don’t invest enough in measurement. While this is a problem it can also be the case that a company has too many measures. I recently visited a company where they showed us […]

Get a Free 5 Whys Template and Tips Here

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Get a Free 5 Whys Template, Examples, and Tips Here Looking for a free 5 Whys template? We’ve got one for you here along with advice on how to use it effectively. The 5 Whys technique is a problem-solving method used to help identify the root cause of an issue. The technique involves asking “why” […]

How to Use Our 5 Why Template to Analyze a Problem

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How to Use Our 5 Why Template to Analyze a Problem Chalmer’s St. Consulting’s free 5 why template is a valuable tool for problem analysis that allows people to identify the root causes of a problem by asking “why” five times. This method encourages teams to dig deep and think beyond surface issues. It can help […]

Those Numbers Are Wrong!

I am currently creating a Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA) Module for CI Mastermind. As such, it is perfect timing to write an article on the always popular topic of “those numbers are wrong!” I will cut to the chase and give you the punchline of this article. First, the numbers are rarely wrong; they just […]

What Are the 5 S of Lean? An Overview and How to Apply Them

Lean philosophy is a business approach that seeks to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. It focuses on continuously improving the processes and products of an organization by eliminating any activities or materials that do not add value for the customer. At its core, lean philosophy advocates for five critical principles known as the 5S […]

How A Continuous Improvement Manager Can Help Your Organization

A Continuous Improvement Manager (CI) can be very helpful for companies that strive to reach their goals and stay competitive in the modern business world. By implementing CI, your organization can benefit from greater efficiency, improved customer satisfaction, better team communication, increased employee engagement and productivity, and cost savings. What Is Continuous Improvement and Why […]