Are your company’s processes standardized and automated, but still complex and difficult to understand? Do variations often occur in the quality of the end product? Is it difficult to integrate people outside your organization, such as customers and suppliers, into internal processes?
Even automated processes can be too complex or include unnecessary steps. This makes it difficult for teams to interact and an organization’s ability to expand, consuming much more time and money.
This is where continuous improvement comes into play.
It is a set of actions promoted by an organization to continuously optimize its products, services and, of course, processes. It consists of making incremental changes to improve the efficiency and quality of processes, as well as continuously tracking their performance to find inefficiencies and eradicate them.
There are several methodologies that help identify improvement opportunities and upgrade process execution. See below how some of them can help you with continuous improvement in your company.
Methodologies to optimize processes
- Lean: focused on reducing waste.
Lean streamlines workflows, minimizes waste, manages inventory, reduces redundancies, improves quality, and adds value to work processes.
- PFMEA: to identify risks in new processes and changes.
PFMEA analyzes each step of the process to identify risks and potential errors from many different sources (6M).
- KPIs: to measure the performance of processes.
KPIs help to define and implement strategies, in addition to monitoring progress regularly, avoiding surprises and unforeseen events.
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