Continuous improvement is a great methodology to gradually move a project forward. It gives you the power to start out in a dull place of suboptimal to end up in a place of amazing glitter and shine (if that’s what your project is about).
This powerful concept can be applied in pretty much any field but in the end of the day, it’s only a concept. It is a skeleton without muscles.
To make it come alive and move into the right direction you need people. They need to know why they are there and understand the big picture. They need to know their roles and when to contribute what. You need to help them to be patient and analytical about their progress. They need to feel safe, supported and empowered in their decision-making. In short you need to provide the with an environment which will allow them to make “continuous improvement” happen.
Now that we have a clear picture of what others need to apply the method, let’s take a step back and ask: How can I help myself create this work environment for myself?
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