Why Continuous Improvement (CI)

Continuous Improvement Process (CIP, or CI) is an ongoing effort to improve products, services or processes. These efforts can seek “incremental” improvement over time or “breakthrough” improvement all at once. Delivery (customer valued) processes are constantly evaluated and improved in the light of their efficiency, effectiveness and flexibility.

Some see it as a meta-process for most management systems (Business Process Management, Quality Management, Project Management). Deming saw it as part of the ‘system’ whereby feedback from the process and customer were evaluated against organisational goals. The fact that it can be called a management process does not mean that it needs to be executed by ‘management’ merely that it makes decisions about the implementation of the delivery process and the design of the delivery process itself.

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