Okay, this is really heavy – let’s try continuous improvement!

If the employees do hardly have any idea about how to work the right way and the boss is expecting supernatural solutions by the newly hired manager – only Kate Keene will find a way how to achieve the goals!

And guess what – Kate Keene is using The Continuous Improvement Process.

The Novell Continuous Improvement Process

  1. Determine Improvement Opportunity
  2. Develop Team and Direction
  3. Identify Stakeholders and Needs
  4. Map Current Processes or Identify Revolutionary Ideas
  5. Optimize Process or Develop Revolutionary Ideas
  6. Test and Implement
  7. Measure Process Performance
  8. Standardize and Monitor


Really not bad, is it?

Thank you so much for this video somtimesy.com!


Whip yourself to get a sacrified sheep – KAI ZEN

We all already know, that KAI ZEN (Change to the better) is one of the keys for continuous improvement.

But what KAI ZEN really means is brought to you by the GEMBA ACADEMY in the following video!

Bored by implementing Continuous Improvement?

You really can learn something by watching this video!

There are some open questions:

  • Is Kaizen a whole other thing as Continuous Improvement?
  • Can you improve your production line in your office?
  • Can the manager elimnate waste from the work of his/her employees?
  • Do problems play a role in continuous improvement?

Thank you EMS Consultants!

Why do we speak of SIX SIGMA?

Sorry – it is a German video but it’s quite good to explain, where the term of SIX SIGMA comes from.

A short summary of the video

Our customers have requirements on quality, e.g.

  • high technical quality
  • high supply reliability
  • low rate of complaint
  • low error rate

If you supply quantitative measureable quality it shows in most cases a gaussian distribution on its values around a to-be-value and has a committed bottom and top restriction.

The gaussian distribution is characterized by two inflection points. If you cut the gaussian distribution in the middle, at the to-be-value, it results in two s-formed curves, each with one inflection point. At the inflection point of the s-formed curve the direction turns from one into the other. The quality value of this point equals the standard deviation of the distribution. The standard deviation is also called 1σ (ONE SIGMA).

To get an idea whether your quality supply is acceptable or not, your quality distribution should have an error rate within SIX SIGMA – so that the committed restrictions can be achieved in 99.9996% of all cases.


Lean Management – it is so simple

The experts from FOUR PRINCIPLES made a really nice video to explain lean management in 90 seconds – not bad, is it?

When you are thinking of expanding, what you got to do? New employees, better facilities? The transition is quite risky.

First you should think of being lean

  • Deliver value form your customer’s perspective
  • Eliminate waste
  • Continuously improve your processes

Lean management is based on four principles.

  1. Pull
  2. One piece flow
  3. Takt
  4. Zero defects

Combined with continuous improvement every organization got the potential to grow.