Continuous Improvement Terms

Continuous Improvement Terms

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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
  • 1/3, 2/3 Rule

    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.

  • 3P / Production Preparation Process

    3P (Production Preparation Process) is a powerful tool for making major changes in your processes or products.
    This video term gives you an overview of what 3P is and why it can help you.

    Don't forget to download the accompanying forms and tools.
    1) 7 Ways Idea Generation Form
    2) 7 Ways Comparis...

  • 3 Reals (Video Term)

    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.

  • 4 Ps of Marketing (Video Term)

    Marketing department decisions impact the entire organization.
    Learn how improving your CI skills can help.
    This video comes from our reference guide, the Continuous Improvement Companion, available at https://www.velaction.com/lean-dictionary/.

  • 5 Ps of Effective Meetings (Video Term)

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

  • 5 Principles of Lean

    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.

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

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

  • 5 Whys (Audio Term)

  • 6 Big Losses of OEE (Video Term)

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

  • 6 M’s (Continuous Improvement Term)

    Fishbone diagrams break a problem into categories of causes. People tend to work better when they can break their thoughts down into smaller compartments.
    On the shop floor, people often use the 6 M’s as a way to categorize the causes of the problems they are trying to solve.

    This term comes fro...

  • 7 Basic Tools of Quality

    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...

  • 7 Wastes (Audio Term)

  • 9 Square (Video Term)

    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...

  • 10 Year Old Mindset (Video Term)

    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.

  • 11 Cs of Lean Leadership

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

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

    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% Inspection

    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/

  • 100 Mile Rule (Video Term)

    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.

  • 10-Foot, 3-Second Rule

    The 10-Foot, 3-Second Rule is a guideline to use when determining if your visual controls are effective.