Lean Management Systems


What is Continuous Improvement?

aka Continual Improvement, CI, or a Continuous Improvement Process

Definition of Continuous Improvement

an umbrella term that can be applied to any management system that seeks to improve
the quality, efficiency, speed and flexibility of any type of process, product, or service.

Continuous Improvement Tools

for Lean Leadership and Continuous Process Improvement

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to empower ANY type of project team to do any type of process improvement

Lean Transformation

yellow brick road

The Roadmap for a Typical Lean Journey

is focused on Lean Flow.

There are, however, many routes to the top of any mountain

and you can use your Systems2win templates to follow ANY path
that leads to continuous improvement

Continuous Improvement Tools

Use your Tool Selection Matrix (1ToolSelection.xlsx)

Tool Matrix


to select the right Continuous Process Improvement Tool
for whatever you need to do next


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Lean Management Systems


Every lean tool needs
a corresponding
Lean Coaching System

The most popular continuous improvement tools are the ones used
to apply popular continuous improvement methodologies
to directly improve a process,

but to be effective,
every continuous improvement tool
needs a corresponding lean management system.

And your Systems2win templates give you both:

  1. Tools for process improvement
  2. Tools for lean leadership

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Continuous Improvement Tools for Standard Work

What's normal?

If you can't answer that question, then you can't improve.


What's so wrong with backsliding into old habits?

In fact, you're going to have a rough time just preventing backsliding.

If you don't have a foundation of standard work

then anything else that you attempt is simply a waste of everyone's time.

It's that simple. Standard work is that important.

Learn more about your Systems2win templates for Standard Work

Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Map

Where should we start? What should we do next?

Which continuous improvement projects are going to have the greatest impact on our customer's satisfaction and our bottom line?

If you're not using a value stream map to answer those questions,

then how are you answering those questions?

Continuous Improvement Tools for Quality Improvement

If you searched the internet looking for tools to solve urgent quality problems,

then the truth is that you probably skipped one or more
of the foundational lean systems described above.

The truth is that now is not the time to be searching for new tools and systems


Is it your job to put out fires?
or to prevent them?

If you need to put out an urgent fire,
then use whatever tools and systems you've got

The right thing to do is to bookmark this page

and then come back when the smoke clears

and with a clear mind and fresh cup of coffee
start getting serious about instituting a lean culture
with lean systems to prevent future fires

Learn more about your Lean Six Sigma Tools for Quality Management



Standard Forms = Visual Language

After learning how to read a standard form once,
a person can easily apply the new skill.

The meaning of complex data is discerned in a glance.

It is a language more quickly absorbed
and more accurately conveyed.

When a whole organization shares this language,
the impact is profound.

~ Mark Hamel — Author of the Kaizen Event Fieldbook
and user of Systems2win templates

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