The Importance of Challenge


This video illustrates how an overarching Challenge at the company, site or value stream level can serve to connect individual improvement activities and make teams feel like they are a part of achieving something bigger… together. Note the degree of alignment — the same clear challenge — and the step-by-step scientific process used throughout the organization.

Practicing the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata in this way helps create situations where great things occur; where brilliant results (large and small) are achieved with positive creative energy.

The Five-Question Card and PDCA Cycles Record shown in the video can be downloaded at: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mrother/KATA_Files/5Q_Card.pdf

There is a related SlideShare at: http://www.slideshare.net/mike734/value-stream-mapping-the-improvement-kata

Thank you to the team at Merck for sharing their improvement practices and stories in this video!

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