Integrative Improvement Blog

The integrative improvement blog discusses and provides commentary on the latest topics in the business performance improvement sector.

How a continuous improvement leader can stay relevant in a maturing organisation

Much like a product life cycle, a continuous improvement leader’s life cycle may start small, grow as the leader becomes more aligned with the organisation’s mission, and then subside somewhat as performance improvement matures. So to stay relevant in a maturing organisation, consider broadening your skill set.

8 ways to build a culture of continuous improvement – and make it stick

Building an effective culture of continuous improvement (CI) is not just about executing a cluster of improvement projects. While it’s a good place to start to reap tangible rewards, more is required to drive sustainable results over time and embed continuous improvement in the organisation’s DNA.

How to uncover hidden wastes with a loss and waste analysis

Though manufacturing is the heartbeat of every industrialised nation, mass production is a complex process that requires vast amounts of energy and resources to transform raw materials into finished goods. A loss and waste analysis offers a framework with which to assess the status quo and optimise manufacturing performance.

10 reasons why your production system design could be flawed

Too often, organisations implement misunderstood CI tools and techniques through a myriad of disjointed and isolated projects, hoping for the best. While these projects may well deliver quick wins internally, they have virtually no impact on achieving sustainable transformation across the organisation. Being successful in sustaining these efforts requires careful thought about production system design.

6 maintenance planning steps to get you out of firefighting mode

Most asset intensive organisations recognise that efficient and effective maintenance planning and scheduling is one of those cornerstone processes that can help assure equipment reliability and assist with attaining operational excellence. Yet studies show that most companies still do not perform maintenance planning effectively.

6 lean coaching skills for bottom-line success

The success of lean systems – and continuous improvement in general – relies on engaging the hands and minds of everyone in the upkeep and renewal of the system. It requires constant practice and a strong will to compete and not become complacent. The following 6 lean coaching skills will serve a dual purpose in their execution.

6 strategic goal-setting steps for smarter business performance

Which would you rather have: a 25% improvement goal and accomplish 28%; or a 75% improvement goal that only yields a 67% improvement but jump-starts the new way you’re going to manage business performance? This blog offers six strategic goal-setting steps to help you optimise business performance.

When should DMAIC be your go-to problem-solving tool?

Most CI practitioners with some knowledge of Six Sigma will know that the basic DMAIC road map forms the backbone of any process improvement initiative. The steps make sense, they are easy to understand and they are logical in their sequence. But how do you know when to use such a structured problem-solving method for a particular process?

Procurement 4.0: How does your organisation measure up?

The digital revolution has given rise to a new concept: Procurement 4.0. Over the next five to eight years, this disruptive trend will create substantial changes in the procurement world. To steer the change, procurement professionals need to capitalise on the four upshots of Industry 4.0.