Process improvement is any effort done with the intent of improving the way a specific process is done. This must be an intentional effort, and ideally it is done by analyzing the way things are currently done and working on an improvement strategy based on that information. Using a systematic approach that follows a proven methodology allows a business to make strides forward in a number of different ways.
In most organizations the process improvement strategies are going to be an important part of an overall continuous improvement system. This is designed to look at the way things are done in the workplace now, and then determine what steps can be taken to improve. These don’t have to be large adjustments or projects. Even minor changes to the way things are done can lead to significant improvements over time.
By constantly looking at what type of process improvement opportunities are available a company will find that each year they are making great strides. While the end goal is always perfection (even if that is not attainable) the journey in that direction is how businesses are able to remain competitive and out perform their competition year after year.
Standardizing Successful Processes
One of the most important aspects of any process improvement effort is rolling out proven changes to everyone it can help. Standardized processes are critical for ensuring that everyone is doing tasks in the most efficient way possible. Once a new process is rolled out to the entire team, it is time to begin the process improvement efforts once again. By making sure everyone is following the latest proven strategies the entire organization is going to always be operating as efficiently as possible.
Using this strategy, it is also a good idea to allow everyone to contribute to the improvement of existing processes. Each team member can attempt to do things in a way that they believe will be better than before. If it can be shown that it does indeed eliminate waste or improve productivity, it will be accepted and adopted by everyone. Over time, this form of constant process improvement can lead to some very significant changes.
Similar Glossary Terms
- Continuous Improvement
- Process Mapping
- Statistical Process Control (SPC)
- Process Kaizen
- PFMEA (Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis)
- Process Flow
- DFMEA (Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis)
- Strategic Planning Process