Continuous Improvement

Definition of Continuous Improvement:

Continuous Improvement is a process of improving quality and efficiency through many small incremental changes. In Kanban, Continuous Improvement refers specifically to the process of improving the flow of work and reducing the cycle time, resulting in an increase in productivity.

Synonymous with continuous improvement:

Kaizen

Use of Continuous Improvement:

Continuous improvement is used to incorporate improvements into the work process on an incremental basis and includes the following steps:

  1. Identification
  2. Planning
  3. Implementation
  4. Review

Especially in Kanban, there are no fixed deadlines so the team can focus on the work in progress. By having team members tackle problems and think about new ideas together, the process becomes more efficient and streamlined, cycles become shorter, and workflows are improved. In Kanban, teams do not have to be interdisciplinary.

Benefits of Continuous Improvement:

  • Improved productivity and delivery.
  • More accurate predictions in terms of future work and delivery.
  • Lean workflows and less waste.
  • Improvements are implemented incrementally.
  • Sense of pride and accomplishment among team members is enhanced.

Author

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Sohrab Salimi

Scrum Academy GmbH

Sohrab is a long-standing Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and CEO of the Scrum Academy GmbH based in Cologne. He is a trained medical doctor and worked for Bain & Company as a consultant and as a CIO at SE-Consulting, among others, before founding the Scrum Academy. As a consultant and trainer, he has been supporting companies from a wide range of industries for over a decade on topics related to agile transformation, innovation and organizational development.

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