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What is a Continuous Improvement (CI) Mastermind group?

Our mastermind groups focus specifically on the development of continuous improvement skillsets. This includes developing your team’s ability to see problems, decompose them as a process, collect evidence on the cause of the problem, form collaborative teams for problem-solving, and manage the change challenges required for successful implementation.

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Changing the organization is hard! It requires a constant focus on continuous improvement. To be successful, everyone must be involved in driving continuous improvement. The CI Mastermind Program builds the role models, the mindsets, and provides the techniques to produce a constant focus on continuous improvement.

But how does Chalmers St. CI Mastermind Groups work ?

 

Mastermind sessions are held for 2 hours twice per month and facilitated by a principal consultant with 10+ years as a Black Belt or Master Black Belt. The typical agenda for a session is learning and discussing a concept or method that can be applied in practice. Then provide time for each participant to share an active improvement application with suggestions to enhance improvement work or overcome obstacles. Participants are grouped with individuals of similar skill levels from businesses that do not have conflicts between them. Group size will vary from 4 to 7 people. The organization will identify an improvement project or objective that when complete will return quantifiable value to the organization. Group sessions will be used to gauge and accelerate progress.

Why this works.

People learn best in groups! Group sessions facilitated by an expert allow participants to discuss concepts and challenges in a way that allows them to think deeply to solve the problem. Learning is internalized when it comes from multiple channels. People listen to their peers and hearing the same message in different ways deepens their understanding. Peer pressure creates accountability. We all avoid letting others down (especially high-performing people). Peer pressure causes people to stretch their abilities and overcome difficult obstacles. Finally, daily work prevents your team from seeking new solutions to persistent problems. Group sessions give participants the time and mental space to work through problems with like-minded high performers, ultimately delivering success to your bottom line.

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The Path to Skill Mastery

Our mastermind groups focus specifically on the development of continuous improvement skillsets. This includes developing your team’s ability to see problems, decompose them as a process, collect evidence on the cause of the problem, form collaborative teams for problem-solving, and manage the change challenges required for successful implementation.

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White Belt

 

Participants will develop basic problem-solving skills, perform waste walks, write meaningful problem statements and perform root cause analysis.White Belt will be achieved by completing a full Plan, Do Check, Act (PDCA) cycle that has a meaningful impact to the organization. (Typically, 6 months to complete)

Yellow Belt

 

Participants will learn how to develop standard work within teams, hold teams accountable to standards, perform daily improvement, and become role models for continuous improvement. Yellow Belt will be achieved by implementing multiple forms of standard work, auditing standard work, and establishing Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI) within a team. (Typically, 6 months to complete)

The way we think about problems and our approach to solving matters

Behavioral Psychology – Threaded throughout the group work, participants will learn behavioral practices that address common areas of friction in the workplace. This includes techniques to improve listening, inquiring with curiosity and respect (rather than blame), developing positive work habits, and maintaining persistence while experiencing the friction that comes with change.

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Ongoing PDCA

For participants that do not require greater process improvement skillsets (this is often true of supervisors and line managers), the CI Mastermind program provides skill enrichment and accountability groups. The group structure is the same as the rest of the program with less structured skill development at a reduced frequency.

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Green Belt

 

Participants build on problem-solving and standardization skills with process analysis and operational principles. Participants will take a specific operational system in their organization and apply the Theory of Constraints through the development of a Value Stream Map and other process maps. Participants will develop a measurement system and perform statistical analysis to uncover opportunities for improvement. Participants will learn how to apply operational principles and use data visualization to expose improvement opportunities and execute on process changes. Green Belt will be achieved by completing a full Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) cycle on an operational system. (6 to 12 months to complete)

Black Belt

 

Participants advance their Green Belt skills through application of lean operations techniques (line balancing, level loading, pull systems, rapid change over) through application of statistical methods (ANOVA, Regression, Designed Experiments, Statistical Process Control (SPC))  and through deepening facilitation skills (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Critical to Quality (CTQ) Trees, Kaizen Events). Black Belt will be achieved by completing a second full Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) cycle and applying advanced skillsets. (6 to 12 months to complete)