SA Continuous Improvement Teams for Daily Kaizen | OERt CIWG

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A Common Interest Work Group presented by SIRF Roundtables SA.

Attendance is free for people from member companies of SIRF Roundtables in SA.

In any organisation of people, improvement occurs at three levels. The most basic level is skill building from practice. The American football coach Vince Lombardi said "Perfect practice makes perfect" - every organisation benefits from people just getting better at their job over time, often with no effort required from the organisation. The most complicated type of improvement is called "kaikaku", or radical redesign. Often huge projects involving large portions of the company, this type of improvement is as disruptive as it sounds. Inbetween those two is a third type of improvement, mastered by Toyota, which they call "kaizen" or "good change".

Some will say kaizen is the heart of Lean Thinking. It's the process of EVERYONE solving problems and then making small changes to the way work is done in order to have a better process to practice. Also called step-improvement, the goal is constant change, in small increments, to bring the process closer to the goal of perfection.

Levels of Improvement

As simple as that idea is to describe, many companies struggle with engagement in "good change" at many levels of their organisation, including the front line value-adding people.

Book your place now for this workshop, where we will learn all the tricks and techniques for engaging people in problem solving and continuous improvement. Some of the topics to be discussed on the day may include:

  • How to organise work teams maximise participation
  • Documenting and reporting imrpovement efforts
  • The importance of standard work and layered audit in building engagement
  • Who is responsible? How do we communicate that?
  • Improvement ideas and performance reviews - are they linked?
  • Visual management, display boards, problem solving and continuous improvement - how tight must they be woven together?


8:40 am - Arrive and check in
9:00 am - Prompt start with safety information and introductions
9:30 am - Group defines expectations for the day
Followed by group discussion / presentations
12:00 - 12:30 pm - Lunch (provided)
Followed by a site tour and continued discussion
2:15 pm - Wrap up & event feedback
2:30 pm - Event ends

Who Should Attend?

SIRF Common Interest Work Groups are for anyone interested in the topic of the day, and have the broadest attendance range of any of our events. Chances are good that if you’ve read this far, this event is for you!

About SIRF Rt Common Interest Work Groups

All SIRF Rt events are designed to provide a safe environment for open discussion with peers on the topic of interest they are working on, in and around. SIRF Rt Common Interest Work Groups (CWIG’s) provide the best forum for peer-to-peer learning and best practice sharing. Participants are asked to bring something for ‘show and tell’ about the topic of the day as it applies at their organisation – it could be a full presentation, a few photos, a brief descriptions of their current efforts, a couple of charts or graphs – anything that will help improve the discussion or other participants’ understanding of your workplace. After each company shares the deeper discussion follows, guided by our practiced facilitators.

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What are the PPE requirements?

Long pants, long sleeves, safety boots and hi-vis vest are often required for site tours.

When do I need to register by?

Registration typically closes three business days before the event for Common Interest Work Groups


This event is included in SIRF Roundtable membership

Who can I contact for further information?

Sean Lewis 0466 256 736

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