Consider that everything has a state. Think of a ball and gravity – once it is tossed in the air there is a point when the incline reverts to a decline. At one point, for a very brief moment, it will pause at transition. The moment, however, is so brief that you may not even realize it. Continuous improvement is the same way. Processes do not stay idle long – the status quo will falter and begin to erode. It is either in a process of growth or decay, improvement or diminishment.
Perhaps the reason is commitment or focus. When a process is being improved upon the energy is there. The process is being focused on. At the moment that the energy shifts the expectations to “maintain” kick in. At some point other burning platforms come into play and the focus, what was left, wanes. If that hurt – it should. How many meetings have you held year after year… You have probably been chasing after the same metrics forever and rehashing the same things over and over for periods of time. We need to get the OEE (a metric commonly used in manufacturing) 80% to 85%. Activity…activity…activity…focus…focus…focus… Success! Now think about your goals year after year… If we really continuously improved – wouldn’t we be near “100%” now? Yes, there are systems where we “raise the bar” and the capability changes so that the 80% yesterday is less throughput than 80% today – that is improvement and good inertia to go with! I bet though, you can think of one process where the earlier applies.
Bottom line… put things into place where they continue to move forward. Making short term unstable large leaps is not as effective as long term slow progress. It is either the ball raising… or falling, with a split second of being idle.
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