Continuous Improvement: Seek Perfection, Assure Quality at its Source, Embrace Scientific Thinking, Focus on Process, and Improve Flow & Pull
Written by GBMP's Bruce Hamilton, Dan Fleming, Larry Anderson & Patricia Wardwell.
Continuous Improvement focuses on five of the Shingo Guiding Principles: seek perfection, embrace scientific thinking, focus on process, assure quality at the source, and improve flow and pull.
Each chapter in Continuous Improvement is designed to enhance your comprehension of one or more aspects of the Continuous Improvement dimension of the Shingo Model and to increase your understanding of how the dimension interrelates with and complements the other principles in the Shingo Model. Ultimately, this explanation grounds the technical science of continuous improvement with a powerful social science that focuses on people development. It is this combination that creates the opportunity for improvement to be truly continuous.
Because tacit learning is critical to deepening your continuous improvement knowledge, "Reader Challenges" are included throughout the text to encourage you to apply what you have read within the context of your own organization. This hands-on practice is necessary to understand the interrelatedness of principles, systems, and tools that are inherent in the Shingo Model.
The Shingo Institute recognizes that "the transformation from traditional philosophy and practices to organizational excellence does not occur without the courage, creativity, and persistence of everyone in the organization―from executives to managers to team members on the frontline."
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Thank you for your recently released book that you co-wrote on Continuous Improvement. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it rekindled a new sense of enthusiasm in me. I have since bought 3 copies and given them to vice presidents in our company. Best Regards. Tom B.