What are different types of continuous improvement?

Here is a list of the most common continuous improvement methodologies.

  • Kaizen - A practice focused on optimizing workplace and personal processes by eliminating waste and inconsistencies while working as a team.
  • PDCA - Plan-do-check-act provides a systematic way to improve processes by implementing changes, gathering data and analyzing their impacts.
  • BPR - Where organizations look at larger sets of processes and activities, rather than just specific components of a workflow or system.
  • 5S - Where teams create and maintain a safe an d high-performing work environment by sorting, setting in order, shining, standardizing, and sustaining improvements.
  • 2S - A simpler method that teaches people to make a 2-second improvement every day and to identify wasteful behavior.
  • GAP Analysis - Where teams analyze where the process is and where it needs to be to come up with improvements.
  • Six Sigma - Where bad outcomes are reduced and quality improved by developing and implementing standard procedures.
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