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How to Reap the Rewards From Your Continuous Improvement Initiative

Published: 25 September 2013

ID: G00252537

Analyst(s): Simon Jacobson


Despite the varied approaches, manufacturers attempt continuous improvement, but fail to deliver the anticipated benefits. Manufacturing leaders must develop and deploy a complete production system that accounts for structures, activities and behaviors to drive anchored and measurable improvements.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Why Continuous Improvement Programs Have Failed
  • The Need for a More Systematized Approach


  • Make Continuous Improvement a Key Pillar of the Corporate Production System
  • Use Communication and Leadership to Prioritize Continuous Improvement in Factories
  • Fill the Leadership Void
    • Expanding Job Descriptions
  • Use Performance Metrics to Identify, Assess and Track Progress
  • Embrace the Consumerization of IT to Support Information-Driven Approaches

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