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When using a process improvement problem solving approach there is the ability to focus on the root cause of the difficulty versus simply fixing what is broken.
A focus on process improvement means not just solving immediate problems or managing crises, but creating options to move forward and find success. Through an evaluation of the systems within a process, the customary practice of blaming people for problems or failures is removed. When using a process improvement problem solving approach there is the ability to focus on the root cause of the difficulty versus simply fixing what is broken. By engaging in true process improvement, there is the need to learn what causes things to happen in a process. The data gathered is then used to solve the issues, reduce on-going variation, remove activities that contribute no value and ultimately improve customer satisfaction.
A standardized process improvement methodology allows us to look at how work is performed. When all of the major players are involved in process improvement it can mean jobs can be done quicker and with more ease, saving organizations time and money.
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When presenting a new unit or lesson plan could you incorporate a "plan, do, study, act" tool with your students? When students are searching for an answer could they create a flow chart that defines the process they have followed and where they see difficulty in moving ahead? How do students know when they have been successful in their thinking vs. when they have gotten the wrong or right answer? When a problem arises with classroom management could the students determine why and what options could be explored to solve the problem?