Continuous Improvement Definition – My Personal Point of View


Here there is my Continuous Improvement Definition based on books and direct experience. Support me @ https://www.patreon.com/leanvlog

Here the video of the book I have cited:
COMPOUND EFFECT by Darren Hardy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDxDCtZ9UkE

# Main Chapters
0:16 – What does it mean “Continuous”
1:07 – What does it mean “Improvement”
2:26 – Continuous Improvement = Kaizen
2:39 – Conclusions

# Here there is the transcript of the video:

Continuous Improvement Definition

Well, I would like to explain this concept by analyzing the 2 words separately and then mix them up.

Let us start with Continuous.
Continuous means that has to be done now and forever. You cannot imagine performing the Continuous Improvement only in January or only on Friday.

The sense here is that you have to carry out the Continuous Improvement every day. Has the word suggests has to be Continuous.

Now,

as for the operation, the quality, the HR, the sourcing, etc.
A permanent staff of professionals has to be 100% dedicated to the improvement, otherwise, it cannot be continuous and the shopfloor easily will slip back to the old habits.

So,

to reach this continuity, the senior management has to be totally committed.

Believe me, there is no chance to be successful if the leadership is not on board.

Now,

let us move to the second word, improvement.

Improvement means to be better than before.

For example, I have improved my run time if I have moved from 10 km to 15 km run in 45 minutes!

Or,

I have lost my weight from 90 kg to 85 kg with a target of 80 kg.

Ok.

Please note that to make improvements there are a couple of things to underline as necessary.

First, you need a system to measure what you want to improve.

It is known the famous sentence: “You cannot improve what you do not measure”.

Second, you need a target to reach. My suggestion here is to have a target that is achievable by the team in a reasonable time-frame.

For example, the team has to reduce the defects of the SKU 1234 from 3% to 2% in 2 months. This metric will be updated weekly and monitored daily.

I want to underline that the improvement has not to be huge in one shot.
The key point is to have improvements every day, everywhere made by everyone.

After a constant application of this methodology, you will see incredible results.

This concept of the power of consistency is explained in the book, THE COMPOUND EFFECT by Darren Hardy

Well,

Continuous Improvement is often called KAIZEN. KAIZEN is a Japanese word that means KAI = Change, ZEN = Better.

So, I am fine to use one or the other.

Well,

It is now time to mix the words and jump to conclusions.

Continuous Improvement is a methodology that aims people to continuously ask themself: “How can I do better in my job?”

The team has to practice in finding the root cause of the problems and implement solutions faster and faster.

It does not happen overnight and a company has to practice for years before labeling as an expert.

There are many tools you can use in the Continuous Improvement Process but do not forget that the most important thing is to involve people, listen and respect them.

In the next video, I will start to explain how to implement continuous improvements.

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