Process Improvement Project Submission and Discussion

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Process Improvement Project Submission and Discussion

This is an individual assignment.

This project provides an opportunity for each student to customize the course content to his/her specific needs.  Each student is required to select a problem (from work, home, school, etc.) to demonstrate that you can use problem solving tools to find root causes and generate solutions to the problem.  This project counts for 10% of the course grade and it must be submitted in the Process Improvement Project discussion (submit only one complete PowerPoint document that includes the 5 exhibits in accordance with the guidelines below).  I strongly urge you to review the PIP voice thread for additional pointers and cautions regarding the construction of your PIP.








Problem Description

Short description of the problem.


Evidence of Problem

Describe the data or evidence of the problem symptoms, e.g. with Pareto chart (Exhibit 1).


Process Flow

Use a process flow diagram (with swim lanes) to describe the process (Exhibit 2).


Point of Cause (5 why?)

Use the 5 whys approach to identify the point of cause (Exhibit 3).


Root Cause

Describe the root cause(s) of the problem.


Problem Analysis

Use appropriate problem solving tools to analyze the root cause(s) of the problem (Exhibit 4: a, b, c, etc.).

Select the appropriate analysis tool for your data to convince the reader that you have analyzed the root cause(s) and that you have evaluated alternative solutions.


Short-term solution (Containment)

Describe short-term actions required to protect customers from encountering this problem.


Long-term solution (Countermeasure)

Describe actions required to solve this problem over the long term.  Identify changes to the process you described in step 4 using your process flow diagram(Exhibit 5).


Implementation Issues

Identify implementation issues, resources needed and potential limitations of the proposed solution.

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