Governance of Basic Process Improvement

4th of 5 Articles in this series

Governance of Basic Process Improvement ensures that improvement efforts stick and filter down to the bottom line.

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Governance of Basic Process Improvement Requirement #1:
Create A Space

Teams should be allocated a space, at the place of work, that can be dedicated to BPI sessions and work undertaken on improvement opportunities.

This space should have basic facilities, e.g. table, chairs, whiteboard / flipchart and notice board / pin board.

Governance of Basic Process Improvement Requirement #2:
Team Names and Mission

Team should given themselves motivational names and develop their team mission. These should be displayed in their BPI space.

Governance of Basic Process Improvement Requirement #3:
Show and Share What Is Being Done

In these work areas, up-to-date information should be displayed for all to see. This should include:

  •  Focus Charts
  •  Opportunity Board
  •  Active A3s
  •  Action Planner

Governance of Basic Process Improvement Requirement #4:
The "A3"

During the BPI training an A3 template is provided. This can be used as is, however, it is recommended that Yellow Belts and teams simply use an A3 sheet of blank paper and

sketch an A3 that is particular to their needs. Naturally, they should stick to the BPI problem solving steps.

The A3 can take any form as can be seen from the examples to the right.

The A3 contain all in one.

The A3 is both the teams working document and its progress report.

A3s should be displayed on the notice board in the team space. It should guide the teams activities on the project, while showing others what is being done.

The A3 should be presented to management to show progress and finally when the project is completed it is used to report its outcome.

A3s, of successful improvements, should be scanned and distributed to promote replication within and across sites, plants / offices etc.

The next article explores the three basic governance charts - Focus Chart, Opportunity Board, and Action Planner.



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