What are the Elements of an Improvement Plan?

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A good improvement plan does not need much. Basically, there are three kinds of improvement plans: Increasing value, reducing waste, or both.

The elements of a value improvement plan are:

  • Title: Find a nice and motivating vision or mantra as the title. Usually you need to find the other elements first.
  • Value: Which value do you want to improve? Why?
  • Obstacles: What prevents you from improving? Remember to look for root causes.
  • Actions: What are you going to do? This can be a detailed action plan, or just two or three concrete actions.
  • Next step: What are you going to do right after writing the improvement plan?
  • Measurement: How do you measure improvement? This includes milestones.
  • Update: When are you going to update the plan?

The elements of a waste reduction plan are very similar:

  • Title: Find a nice and motivating vision or mantra as the title. Usually you need to find the other elements first.
  • Value: Which value is at risk because of the waste you want to reduce? Why? Make this a positive statement!
  • Waste: What kind of waste do you want to reduce? Remember to look for root causes.
  • Actions: What are you going to do? This can be a detailed action plan, or just two or three concrete actions.
  • Next step: What are you going to do right after writing the improvement plan?
  • Measurement: How do you measure the waste in question? This includes a target level of acceptable waste.
  • Update: When are you going to update the plan?

The combination of both is easy, so I omit that.

How does a good improvement plan look like? Continue reading about A6 Thinking to find the answer.

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