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Impruver - Strategy Deployment for Continuous Improvement

Focus your Strategy Deployment on what's most important to improve

Although random improvement is certainly a step up from no improvement, it’s still sub-optimal. Traditional attempts at Lean and Continuous Improvement promote improvement just for the sake of improving. As John Wooden would say, “Don’t mistake activity for achievement.” In other words, changes that don’t move you in the right direction, actually aren’t even improvements. They are really lost opportunities to capitalize on the time, energy, and other resources consumed in making the change. The key is to focus your efforts via strategy deployment. Impruver helps engage your entire workforce in making improvements in the direction of your company strategy, giving you a level of speed and agility that competitors just can’t match.

Ensure everyone’s improvement work aligns with company strategy

Don't let your hard improvement work go in vain. There are infinite challenges to overcome. The key is to make sure the challenges you choose are moving you closer to your True North.

Ok, so what tends to happen is…leaders develop this brilliant strategy, but it doesn’t quite cascade into the organization with the level of appreciation it deserves. Then something happens and leadership has to change direction…and then that new direction doesn’t quite get cascaded as one would hope either.

On the other end of the spectrum, the shop floor operator is so engulfed in hitting schedule for the day and fighting fires, they have no time or interest in sitting in meetings to learn about a new “flavor of the month” company strategy. Thus the saga continues…the business remains swept up in the whirlwind.

Impruver helps leaders to establish clear focus on what direction they are taking the company, then others can declare their contribution plan. Then leaders validate alignment. Finally, if leaders need to change direction for whatever reason, the system tells everyone else to take the actions needed to regain alignment. This actually makes the company overall a lot more agile, eliminating the need for the annual strategy development and deployment cycle; instead creating real-time deployment.

Speed is quite possibly the single greatest competitive advantage in CPG, right up there with quality, reliability, price, and having the right product for the market. Mis-alignment of improvement efforts actually makes a manufacturing company slow. Impruver’s Strategy Deployment feature makes your company fast. This is done by bringing everyone in the company to focus on improving the business in the same direction. The synergy and momentum created by focusing so much energy in such tight area of interest creates incredible speed. A speed that the competition can only watch in admiration.

Can you imagine the spectacle of all Santa’s reindeer trying the pull the sled in all different directions at the same time? Needless to say, it would be an utter disaster. Unfortunately, this kind of thing happens everyday in manufacturing businesses around the world.

Now imagine the world class sprinter channeling all of his energies toward the finish line. The lanes are clearly drawn, the sprinter has optimized form, and has prepared like a champion should. With no side steps or unproductive motions, propelling himself through space and time uninhibited by resistance of any kind.

Big difference in results as you can imagine.

Impruver allows users to review the improvement agendas of peers, employees, and leaders to understand how they could leverage the work of others to accelerate their own pace toward outstanding results.

Provide framework for coaching and practice (KATA)

Getting good at anything requires practice. In fact, John Wooden, one of the greatest coaches in history, would say that championships are won in practice. This is a key ingredient in creating a world class manufacturing business that traditional lean and continuous improvement approaches have failed to respect. But the key here is what to practice. Impruver encourages the practice of improvement, or solving the problems that are holding the company back from it’s vision. The system also encourages everyone to practice improving something important. Leaders also practice the craft of coaching learners through the application of the scientific method in addition to solving problems of a higher order themselves with coaching support. This creates an organization of teachers, learners, and a culture of continuous improvement.

Impruver - Strategy Deployment for Continuous Improvement

Distinguish “Base Work” from deployment of strategy and ensure base is sustained

Let's face it, base work is your core business; it's what pays today's bill and enables the future to be a possibility. However, it's not enough to thrive in tomorrow's business environment. Your company needs to execute the base with excellence, while continuously improving key aspects of the business. Impruver helps in the following ways:

Drive Value Stream Execution

Use OEE to continuously drive out losses so that precious resources can be redeployed to preparing to win in the future.

Increase Accountability to Continuous Improvement

Drive commitment to the strategy from the CEO to the shop floor janitor. Then work to ensure that commitment is delivered upon.

Re-define Expectation of Work

Achieve excellence by defining the minimum expectation for work as base and (not or) improvement work.


See what others are saying about how Impruver has impacted their businesses

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Our operators now have the capability to fix the small things so that we can focus more on the plant's future.

  • Juan Vanegas-Lopez
  • Maintenance & Engineering Manager
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Our plant folks are leading, our customers are happy, and our strategy is moving. Its a win-win-win.

  • Dan Michaelson
  • COO
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My team now understands what they're supposed to be doing with all the data we have out there.

  • Samantha Fox
  • Director of Operations

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