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Escape the Improvement Trap

Five Ingredients Missing in Most Improvement Recipes

ISBN 13: 9781439817964
ISBN: 1439817960
Author: Michael Bremer, Brian McKibben
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 319
Binding: Soft Cover

  • Presents an improvement maturity model that describes five basic levels of improvement effectiveness
  • Explains why Level 3 organizations (companies improving at a pace slightly better than the average) get trapped in that stage
  • Discusses the ingredients typically holding back Level 3 companies from advancing to Level 4 organizations (Companies beginning to transform)
  • Expains how to avoid the Level 3 Tools Trap

Despite performance improvement initiatives such as Lean, Six Sigma, and Supply-Chain Management, only a handful of companies actually break out of the pack to transform their enterprise. This problem is not unique to today's improvement methodologies; the same issues existed when organizations first adopted TQM, re-engineering, and other popular improvement methodologies. Providing helpful methods and metrics for effecting true change, this book highlights how to avoid common improvement traps that inhibit many organizations from rising above the rest.



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