Managing for Daily Improvement Course Objectives

Daily Improvement (DI) is a process in which an organization implements, huddles, idea cards, and visual management strategies to engage the front-line employees in making small, day-to-day improvements that lead to large gains in process efficiency and effectiveness. DI makes problems visual and explicit (if a problem cannot be seen, it cannot be solved) and engages the entire team in solving problems.

Throughout this course, the learner will gain insights into how organizations use DI to foster a culture of continuous improvement. By the end of the course, the learner will have the necessary skills to contribute to their organization’s DI improvement program.

The key learning objectives for this course include:

Daily Improvement consists of various processes and tools that help to make problems visual. Once a problem is identified, Daily Improvement supports the team in prioritizing and testing ideas for improvement. For Daily Improvement to be successful, the team needs to feel safe in escalating issues and taking risks when solving problems.

Through the Daily Improvement program, the front-line operators act as the primary source of improvement ideas. It is through their ideas and actions, in alignment with the organization’s priorities, that help to set the project up for success. Daily Improvement is more than a suggestion box. Through Daily Improvement, operators prioritize solutions and own the implementation of these ideas.

Once an issue has been identified, the front-line operators apply a disciplined approach to analyzing why the problem is occurring and what the most appropriate countermeasures are to solve the problem.

Through rapid experiments, front-line teams learn quickly what works and what doesn’t – helping them to arrive more quickly at solutions that actually work.