One Size Doesn't Fit All: Choosing the Right Continuous Improvement Approach
Brian Galli, Long Island University, Huntington Station, NY, USA
Keywords: Six Sigma, Lean
There are several continuous improvement approaches out there today and one of the common pitfalls an organization can make is assuming that they can apply one methodology to improve all of their processes. The diverse set of continuous improvement approaches, including: Lean, Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, PDSA/PDCA, The Model For Improvement, and others each have their specific applications and purposes. Based on a set of criteria, a roadmap can be used to determine the appropriate continuous improvement approach that will help to ensure that the project is not only successful but that it is sustained for the long term. This paper will discuss the various continuous improvement approaches; discuss the applications and purpose of each methodology and present a criteria roadmap that can be used to help identify the appropriate methodology for any particular project.