Continuous process improvement

Continuous process improvement

This week we look at the topic of continuous process improvement.  Continuous process improvement is a strategy that is proven that offers greater efficiency and profitability from the supply chain planning all the way to execution.  It is a process to strengthen the daily operations of a business (Levinson, 2016).  The process impacts three main aspects of the supply chain; people, processes, and technology.  The first aspect; people must be in a position that fully utilizes their individual’s skills and technological strengths.  Second aspect; an organization must identify the best avenue to reach its goals.  Third aspect; the organization must operate the latest technology that achieves maximum efficiency and is flexible enough to meet customer demand.  Continuous process improvement has four basic steps to achieve greater efficiency and profitability.  The first step is to identify that is causing issues, this is achieved by brainstorming, meeting, and collaborating within the sections and organization.  Second, build a plan prioritizing the tasks at hand.  Third, execute the plan of action, there will be issues that may arise, continue to identify the issues and have a plan to overcome the obstacles.  Finally, review the changes that were made.  Make sure you solicit and inquire about feedback.  Feedback given by employees or sections in the organization will ensure your continuous process improvement is easier to implement in the future.  Often times sitting on one’s laurels will lead to stagnation.  Continual process improvement ensures your organization is ahead and better situated with issues that may arise.  Do you think companies that do not apply the continuous process improvement can still be profitable and be better to adapt during rapid consumer changes?

References:

Levinson, W. A., & Books24x7, I. (2016;2013;2012;). Lean management system LMS:2012: A framework for continual lean improvement. Boca Raton, Fla: Productivity Press.

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