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Managing improvements

Managing improvements

After an improvement is requested, the Improvement Manager reviews it, assigns an Improvement Coordinator, and monitors progress of all improvements to ensure value and success. The Improvement Coordinator works with the Improvement Manager to implement the improvement.

The Improvement Manager oversees, identifies, drives, and monitors the progress of all improvements.

The Improvement Coordinator manages the improvements to which they have been assigned by the Improvement Manager, and works with the CIM task owners to track task completion.

Note: Although both roles can cancel an improvement, only the Improvement Manager can delete an improvement, which removes it from the Improvement Register list.

Process flow

CIM process flowCreate improvement initiativeAccept improvement initiativeAssess improvement initiativeApprove improvement initiativeReview improvement initiativeClose improvement initiativeImplement improvement initiative
  1. The process flow starts with a new improvement request. A need for improvement is identified in the environment and a new improvement request is submitted by a user with the Improvement Requester role.
  2. The Improvement Manager then verifies that the new improvement request aligns with at least one company strategic objective, and assigns an Improvement Coordinator before accepting the improvement as valid. The assigned Improvement Coordinator is notified that the improvement request has been accepted.

    There is typically more than one Improvement Coordinator in a company since that role is responsible for implementing and tracking the progress of assigned improvement initiatives at the task level, and there can be many tasks per improvement.

  3. Once accepted, the Improvement Manager sets the remaining attributes on the Improvement Initiative form, and progresses it to be assessed for approval (by Approver group members).
  4. During assessment, users in the approver group (shown in the Approvers related list) are notified of the approval request. One or all of the approver group members evaluate the improvement attributes and either approve or reject the improvement.
  5. Once approved, the Improvement Coordinator and Improvement Manager work together (in regular implementation meetings, for example) to determine what work is needed to ready the improvement for implementation.

    During implementation, the Improvement Coordinator creates and assigns phases and tasks to complete the improvement. The Improvement Coordinator works with the task owners (in regular task status meetings, for example) to track the progress of task completion. Records for other supported applications can also be created from within the improvement initiative or CIM task, if needed, and are typically shown in a related list in the improvement initiative or CIM task.

    If, for some reason, implementation for the improvement has been halted, the Improvement Manager or Improvement Coordinator can place the improvement on hold. All CIM tasks that are not closed or canceled are also placed on hold.

  6. The Improvement Coordinator places the improvement under review when all CIM tasks in all CIM phases are verified 100% complete. The Improvement Manager reviews the improvement completeness and sets the improvement to closed.

Alignment with company strategic objectives

You can ensure alignment with company goals by setting the Strategies field on the Improvement Initiative form to one or more company enterprise strategies from the Strategic Objectives lookup list so they are linked.
Note: Only the Improvement Manager can create a strategy.

Coordinating improvements with enterprise strategies of the company ensures the improvement contributes to the overall goals of the company.

Access enterprise strategies by navigating to Continual Improvement > Enterprise Strategies (or Organization > Enterprise Strategy).

Improvement Register list

View, prioritize, and track improvements, related tasks, and phases from one Improvement Register list that includes all open and closed improvements in one list.
Improvement register

Embedded Performance Analytics scorecard

Use the Performance Analytics scorecard embedded in the Improvement Initiative form for continuous KPI monitoring, and to track the progress of the KPI improvement during the lifecycle of the improvement. The KPI scorecard is useful so you can monitor the incremental benefits of the KPI, or adjust CIM tasks and assignments to meet your improvement goal, if needed.
Figure 1. Embedded KPI scorecard
CIM scorecard

The improvement icon (Improvement icon) indicates the start and end dates that are tracked on the KPI scorecard chart.

Scorecards are also shown for any KPIs listed in Impacted KPIs related list on the Improvement Initiative form.