iMprove: The Next Generation of Continuous Improvement


iMprove: the Next Generation of Continuous Improvement guides small- and medium-sized operations to implement lean conversion practices without the need for an expensive consultant, lean master or ‘sensei.’ By starting the Deming cycle with three prerequisite steps—guide, focus and solve—Ellis expands the traditional PDCA approach to GFSPDCA, to more easily identify and select the operational areas that need improvement.

Using real-world examples from manufacturing, health care, product development and customer service, Ellis covers methods used to implement lean operations, including: PDCA/Deming/Shewhart; Lean Six Sigma; Flow improvement; Metrics A3 Process; Fishbone/Affinity/Matrix Diagrams; Agile/Lean project management. This book is a valuable resource for engineering managers, project managers, process improvement professionals and owners/managers of small- to medium-sized operations looking to implement lean conversion.

  • Teaches lean conversion for small- and medium-sized businesses and departments in businesses of any size that want to start lean conversion
  • Presents a ‘how to’ format with extensive use of real-world examples
  • Adds clarity to the Deming/PDCA cycle by starting the process with three new steps—guide, focus and solve—that help improve the implementation process
  • Develops a new visual, the M-Cycle, with a vertical scale for roles (sponsor, owner, team) and horizontal scale for time, to help understand this new approach
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About the author

George Ellis is Vice President European Engineering at Kollmorgen Corporation, a leading provider of precision motion systems around the globe. For 30 years he has worked in product development including leading product development projects, designing development processes, and creating portfolio management systems. He has also written two well-respected books with Elsevier, Control System Design Guide, now in its fourth edition, and Observers in Control Systems. He has contributed articles to numerous magazines, including Electronic Design News, Machine Design, Control Engineering, Motion Systems Design, and Power Control and Intelligent Motion.

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Jun 1, 2018
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Science / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical
Technology & Engineering / Engineering (General)
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Technology & Engineering / Structural
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