One of Bill Conway’s favorite sayings has always been, “The most important business decision people make every day, is deciding what to work on.”
In fact, we’ve found that half of Continuous Improvement involves working on the right things!
Once people know what to work on, there are ten critical questions to consider, the answers to which will lead the way toward building a high-performance culture of continuous improvement:
- What processes should we use to identify the best opportunities for improvement?
- How will we prioritize the opportunities?
- How can we ensure or increase alignment?
- How will we identify what ‘could or should be’ if everything were right?
- What specific improvement goals shall we set?
- How can we involve the people closest to the work?
- What tools will we use to find fundamental solutions?
- How will we measure progress?
- How will we recognize and communicate progress and achievement?
- What is our follow-up system to assure that the processes, once fixed, stay fixed?