How to Make Things Better
No matter how bad (or good) things are, they can be a little better. This is the basic premise behind improvement science. Improvement science has roots in Deming and the Total Quality Management Movement, but it is not limited to thinking about organizational effectiveness as assembly lines. Improvement science is being used very effectively in health care and is growing in education. The heart of improvement science is the Plan, Do, Study, Act cycle. That is, when a team of people take a look at some system and its outputs, they can devise a hypothesis about how to make it a little better, test it, and revise their thinking… continuing to tinker and improve. If you want to know more about how to implement principles of improvement science in your organization, reach out to us at 16th Street Consulting. We would love to help out!
The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”