Process Improvement

The method of identifying, analyzing and enhancing a process to improve efficiencies.

Efficiency defines the extent to which process performs relative to its full potential. Process improvement consists of the method of identifying, analyzing and then enhancing a process to improve the efficiency, costs and quality of the product or service. This generally results in modifying tasks and processes and/or adding additional processes to improve efficiency.

Employees after years of familiarity with systems have a tendency to cling to current processes regardless of whether they have a realization of the necessity for change or not. Getting buy in from staff in the initial stages of process improvement can lead to a smoother transition. Experiential business games and team building activities are a great way to bring about a realization that changing procedure can lead to increased efficiencies.

The Catalyst team building product, Need 4 Speed, which requires teams to construct miniature cars from a collection of parts repeatedly looking to improve their time and accuracy is one such fun and engaging exercise which highlights the benefits of process improvement. Teams compete with each other, with scores shared openly on a leader board causing competition to increase the fervor towards need for change. Further, a mean performance score across the teams encourages collaboration in terms of sharing best practice, skills transfer and overall increase inefficiencies.

Research attests to the ability of gamification of such process to transfer learning back to the workplace with the result being greater acceptance of change and involvement in the required process improvement.

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