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Shigeo Shingo was a pioneer in the fields of continuous process improvement and operational excellence. He taught thousands of engineers at Toyota how to use the Toyota Production System, had a hand in making Kaizen, and came up with the idea of the Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED). Shingo’s name is on the Shingo Institute at Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. The institute’s main goal is to teach organizational leaders all…

In Lean, continuous improvement is a lot like a religion. Even though it seems easy to do, leaders and teams who aren’t familiar with process improvement techniques have a hard time keeping it up. To use this mindset, you need to know what continuous improvement is, what principles you need to follow, and what some of the best practices are. The Model for Continuous Improvement If you don’t put the term “continuous improvement” in a…

BPI (Business process improvement) is a practice where process owners use different methods to analyze, redesign, implement, and optimize their existing processes. The goal is to increase efficiency across the entire organization. Business process improvement can be simply described as the application of methods to continuously improve any aspect of a business, including the processes used to develop the market, sell and support its products or services, among others. Business process improvement can have different…

Continuous improvement is the process of making gradual changes, usually to improve efficiency or develop new products or services. Continuous improvement benefits internal and external stakeholders, from employees to customers and investors alike. But, continuous improvement requires an ongoing cost. The main strategy of continuous improvement is to improve your processes continuously. The method which you can employ to achieve a continuous improvement is called the “kaizen”, or the “kaizen” method. The models of continuous…