Continuous Improvement Terms

Continuous Improvement Terms

19 Seasons

Our continuous improvement reference guide is massive in both breadth and depths. It's got a lengthy list of terms, both common and obscure. And these terms go way beyond simple definitions. We like to talk about how to apply the concepts behind the term to make your operation more effective.

This directory is great for simply looking up the meaning of a term, or for diving in deep as part of a training program or during a project.

In addition to the videos here many terms also have downloadable PDFs. We've got a lot of companion content on our main website as well. Simply click "Lean Guide" at the top of the screen to get more information.

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Continuous Improvement Terms
  • 10 Year Old Mindset (Video Term)

    Episode 1

    When we are young, we have a thirst for knowledge and are not embarrassed to ask questions when we don't know the answer to something. That mindset is crucial for continuous improvement.

  • 1/3, 2/3 Rule

    Episode 2

    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.
    Learn more at https://www.velaction.com/one-third-t...

  • 3P / Production Preparation Process

    Episode 3

    Phase 6: Ramping Up (Video Term)

  • 5 Whys (Audio Term)

    Episode 4

  • 5S (Audio Term)

    Episode 5

  • 7 Wastes (Audio Term)

    Episode 6

  • 11 C's of Lean Leadership (Audio Term)

    Episode 7

    This audio term is developed from an entry in our reference guide, The Continuous Improvement Companion. See the full guide at www.leandictionary.com.

  • 100 Mile Rule (Video Term)

    Episode 8

    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.

  • 100% Inspection (FREE EXCERPT)

    Episode 9

    Learn why 100% inspections are not really the indicator of good quality that they seem to be. (FREE PREVIEW)
    Read more about this concept in our Lean Guide at https://www.velaction.com/100-percent-inspection/

  • 100% Inspection

    Episode 10

    Learn why 100% inspections are not really the indicator of good quality that they seem to be.
    Read more about this concept in our Lean Guide at https://www.velaction.com/100-percent-inspection/

  • 5 Principles of Lean

    Episode 11

    In Lean Thinking, Daniel Jones and James Womack lay out 5 principles of Lean manufacturing. This is a video term from our Continuous Improvement Companion, available at www.leandictionary.com.

  • 9 Square (Video Term)

    Episode 12

    The 9-Square is a prioritization basic tool for choosing the best project to work on. Simply create a grid with easy, medium, and hard on one axis, and low impact, medium impact, and high impact on the other.
    Place your projects on the grid, and the most valuable projects to work on will jump out...

  • 11 Cs of Lean Leadership

    Episode 13

    The 11 C’s of Lean Leadership provide a listing of the characteristics that are important for a Lean leader to possess.

  • 3 Reals (Video Term)

    Episode 14

    The 3 Reals are a memory device to get people to stop solving problems in a conference room and go where the process is done.

  • 5 Ps of Effective Meetings (Video Term)

    Episode 15

    Great meetings do not happen by accident. The 5 P’s of Effective Meetings stacks the odds of a successful meeting in your favor.

  • 7 Basic Tools of Quality

    Episode 16

    The 7 Basic Tools of Quality (or 7 QC Tools) is a collection of data analysis and problem solving tools used in continuous improvement.

    They include:
    * Cause and effect diagram (or Ishikawa diagram or fishbone diagram)
    * Control charts
    * Pareto charts
    * Scatter diagram
    * Histogram
    * Check shee...

  • 6 Big Losses of OEE (Video Term)

    Episode 17

    Machines lose productivity in a variety of ways, known as the 6 big losses.