CI Development System Resources

CI Development System Resources

7 Seasons

We have an extensive Continuous Improvement Development Guide to help you progress through the phases of creating a continuous improvement oriented business management system.

The sheer number of topics (and videos) to digest is daunting. This series is intended to help guide you through these resources in an organized manner.

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CI Development System Resources
  • Phase 3 Overview. Continuous Improvement Development System

    Episode 1

    Phase 3, Starting the Journey, is where the effort to build a better business management system really starts in earnest.

  • Phase 3 CI Development System Checklist (PDF)

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    This is the PDF version of the Phase 3 checklist. The full, editable version is available in our Corporate Resources Add-on pack.

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  • Phase 3 Section Directory CI Development Guide

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  • 3 Ways to Sneak Lean Into Your Company

    Episode 2

    Pounding people over the head with Lean concepts doesn't work. Instead, try to create demand for what Lean offers. This video article covers three different ways to get people wanting Lean...without even knowing it.

  • 13 Ways to Apply Lean Principles to a Small Business

    Episode 3

    Lean works in small businesses, but takes some special effort. Learn more in this video.

  • Why are there so many Lean specialties?

    Episode 4

    Over the last several years, there has been a rise in specialized branches of Lean. I answer why in this short FAQ video.

  • Why are there so many Japanese terms in Lean? (FAQ)

    Episode 5

    Study Lean for any length of time, and you will come across an abundance of Japanese terms. I answer why that is in this short FAQ video.

  • 1/3, 2/3 Rule

    Episode 6

    The 1/3, 2/3 rule is a rule of thumb for planning. It is intended to make sure a leader gives her team enough time to complete their work.
    It is a Video Term from Phase 3 (Starting the Journey) of our Continuous Improvement Development System.

  • 100 Mile Rule (Video Term)

    Episode 7

    People on continuous improvement project teams have constant pressure on them to leave the team to go take care of things in their day to day job. This rule of thumb can help them decide when to leave.

  • Lean Office Overview (Training Module Video - Recorded Webinar)

    Episode 8

    Service organizations are gaining an ever-increasing role in the global economy. On top of that, increased productivity and global competition has reduced the percentage of shop floor employees and increased those in administrative roles in companies that manufacture physical products. The Lean o...

  • 12 Ways to Start Building a Continuous Improvement Culture

    Episode 9

    This recorded webinar gives several ideas on how to build a continuous improvement culture. Features Jeff Hajek and Tim McMahon.

  • Parkinson's Law (AUDIO TERM)

    Episode 10

  • 11 Principles of a Lean Office (Audio Article)

    Episode 11

    This is an audio article. It is based on an article from our Continuous Improvement Companion reference guide. No video content accompanies this audio program.

  • Communication (Audio Term)

    Episode 12

  • Policy Deployment (AUDIO TERM)

    Episode 13

  • Better Football Metrics and Lean

    Episode 14

    Offenses and defenses are generally ranked based on points scored and points allowed. The problem is, that doesn't account for different conditions faced by each squad.You'll face similar problems when creating metrics for Lean operation.

  • Does Your Company Measure Up? Using Metrics to Improve Performance

    Episode 15

  • The Harder Right Over the Easier Wrong (Lean Lesson)

    Episode 16

    As a leader in a Lean organization, there is a lot of pressure on you to hit your metrics. It can take a lot of moral fortitude to choose the harder right over the easier wrong.

  • Policy Deployment (Training Module Video)

    Episode 17

    This policy deployment video is a recording of a narrated PowerPoint presentation from our Lean Training System. It discusses what policy deployment is, it's benefits, and how to get started using it more effectively lead your organization.

    It is a "Legacy" Video.

    WHAT DOES LEGACY MEAN? Leg...

  • The Problem with Problems (GUEST VERSION)

    Episode 18

    What are "problems", and why are they so hard to solve? Learning the barriers to problems is the first step in tearing them down so you can solve them better.

  • The Problem with Problems

    Episode 19

    What are "problems", and why are they so hard to solve? Learning the barriers to problems is the first step in tearing them down so you can solve them better.

  • Types of Problems (GUEST VERSION)

    Episode 20

    While all problems are unique, they fall into a handful of general categories. Knowing about these categories helps you approach the problem in a more effective manner.

  • Types of Problems

    Episode 21

    While all problems are unique, they fall into a handful of general categories. Knowing about these categories helps you approach the problem in a more effective manner.

  • How 5W1H Can Make You a More Effective Problem Solver

    Episode 22

    5W1H is shorthand for “Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.” It is used both in problem solving and in project planning.