What is Continuous Improvement?
Produced in partnership with Beth Pipe FCIPD of OnLive Learning
What is Continuous Improvement?

The following Life Sciences practice note produced in partnership with Beth Pipe FCIPD of OnLive Learning provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What is Continuous Improvement?
  • What is CI?
  • Is CI relevant to Life Sciences?
  • What is Lean Six Sigma and do you need to know?
  • The three sides of CI
  • Minimising things that get in the way
  • Statistical background

This Practice Note provides a brief overview of Continuous Improvement (CI) and covers the following areas:

  1. what is CI

  2. is it relevant to Life Sciences

  3. what is lean six sigma

  4. the continuous improvement triangle

  5. value added v non-value added work

  6. the statistical background

CIContinuous Improvement

What is CI?

The definition of CI is often over complicated and buried in jargon, but it means exactly what it says: continually looking for ways to improve processes, methods and procedures.

Improvements do not have to be major changes; a number of small but effective changes soon add up.

CI tools and methods can help you fix process that are no longer effective and allow you review processes that currently appear to be working but could still be improved to deliver greater efficiencies and cost savings.

Above all CI is about engaging with individuals and pooling ideas, challenging the existing habitual ways of doing things and identifying a method of measuring the success or failure of new initiatives.

Is CI relevant to Life Sciences?

Many of the methodologies used within CI are based on the work of W Edwards Deming who, during the 1950’s worked extensively in Japan, predominantly within manufacturing. He sought to create a systematic approach to improving the way people worked which was largely based on statistical measurements.

These measurements allowed manufacturers to better understand their existing

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