A Continuous Improvement Initiative Roadmap
Continuous Improvement Initiatives are hardly a new concept in business, but a couple of times recently I’ve been asked for my idea of how to run one, a roadmap of sorts. For many Continuous Improvement (CI) practitioners this article will seem very basic. It is intentionally so. It is intended for the person who has only recently started to think about building an initiative or a culture of continuous improvement. Perhaps established practitioners will use it with their clients or perhaps it will serve as a refresher. I see it as an opportunity to go back to first principles.
What is CI?
Continuous Improvement (CI) is a rigorous, systematic way for organization to improve performance. These methodologies and tools have been used by many companies Toyota, GE, Whirlpool, Allied Signal, Ford, Motorola, Honeywell, DuPont, Chase and BP, for example.
CI isn’t “new” it has its roots in the start of the industrial revolution in the 18970s. It was developed further as the telephone industry developed in the 1920s and further developed by Japanese car manufacturers in the