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Continual Improvement - What is CI and what is CI not?
Continual Improvement - What is CI and what is CI not?
Continual Improvement - What is CI and what is CI not?
Continual Improvement - What is CI and what is CI not?
Continual Improvement - What is CI and what is CI not?
Continual Improvement - What is CI and what is CI not?
Continual Improvement - What is CI and what is CI not?
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Old 4th June 2004, 10:47 AM
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Instead of it being an entity of its own in an organization, e.g. having its own procedure or "process" or other such thing, it should be an evident and intrinsic part of the management environment. A chief goal of top management should be that no process in the organization ever stagnate. Everything must get better over time.
That's exactly what we do!

We do not have a procedure or "process", per se, for CI. It is a concept or, the word used here, methodology for ensuring we never accept the status quo as being our best.

We have established tools in place to help us sustain our CI initiatives. Some of the tools focus on the Routine...but this provides us with a solid foundation to build upon. Other tools are dedicated to CI.

Over the past few years, we started to notice that our gains were getting smaller and smaller...i.e., it was becoming more difficult to improve. Introducing some new CI tools into our "toolbox" has allowed to identify areas we never thought of before and the movement upward has increased.

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That's exactly what we do!
Gosh I hate over-achievers! LOL
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Old 4th June 2004, 11:38 AM
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Gosh I hate over-achievers! LOL
Tsk tsk!...when will you admit that you strive to be like me???
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Old 4th June 2004, 11:40 AM
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Tsk tsk!...when will you admit that you strive to be like me???
NOT!!! You don't do sideburns. . . I don't do skirts!
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Old 4th June 2004, 12:52 PM
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Over the past few years, we started to notice that our gains were getting smaller and smaller...i.e., it was becoming more difficult to improve. Introducing some new CI tools into our "toolbox" has allowed to identify areas we never thought of before and the movement upward has increased.
Will CI reach the point where the improvements made are so negligible that it may not be worth the effort to introduce any improvements?

Jaime
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Old 4th June 2004, 12:56 PM
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Will CI reach the point where the improvements made are so negligible that it may not be worth the effort to introduce any improvements? Jaime
Absolutely when it comes to the Law Of Diminishing Returns. Makes no sense spending $10,000 in capital to yield a $100 net gain..

There will need to be other types of improvements beyond manufacturing. Utilize Pareto's Law (80-20 rule), and when you get so good, 1) get rid of the 80% of your customers that yield 20% of your profit. . . 2) get rid of the 20% of the customers that cause 80% of your excess costs. . .3) Replace them with customers like the ones that are left. . . 20% who yield 80% of your profit.

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Old 4th June 2004, 01:14 PM
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Will CI reach the point where the improvements made are so negligible that it may not be worth the effort to introduce any improvements?

Jaime
Good question Jamie, when ever I see a question like this I am reminded of my early days in electronics. As a capacitor charges to its rated voltage it follows a "natural growth curve". In the beginning the charge up is very rapid but as it nears the max it slows considerably.
If you ace your state final (all answers 100% correct) can you improve? Or do you move on? My math professor always stated " ...you can never approach infinity to do so would mean it was not infinite..." "...on the other hand a finite value can become infinitly large...". My personal feeling is that you are correct but I am not sure what you do when that happens.
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Old 4th June 2004, 01:14 PM
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Will CI reach the point where the improvements made are so negligible that it may not be worth the effort to introduce any improvements?

Jaime
Part of me agree's with my fuzzy companion's comments on diminishing returns, but the other part says that will only hold true if industry does not continue to evolve.

If the benchmark never changes, Jaime, then, yes, eventually CI would become negligible. But that's why the benchmarks in our industries are the benchmarks...they don't accept their current level of performance as being the best they can do. New technologies come into play. New people with fresh ideas of thinking and doing. The bar is always raised and there will always be areas for fantastic gains!

Don't get me wrong, though, there are some areas in my organization were CI is possible, but the analysis shows it not to be feasible at this time...especially when compared to other areas where the Return on Investment is huge! We decide where to improve and how and when and why....but the point is we never stop improving.

Okay...putting down the pompoms and picking up my lightsabre again...
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