What's Happening

There are always several Kaizen Events taking place across the Michigan Tech campus.  Many departments use these events to improve their processes and reduce waste.  If you are interested in holding a Kaizen Event at Michigan Tech, contact the Office of Continuous Improvement at improvement-l@mtu.edu or call 906-487-3180.

Event Name Sponsoring Department Facilitator Problem Statement Applicable Tools
Advance Grant Provost's Office  Theresa Coleman-Kaiser We need an explicitly delineated faculty career map. Process Mapping
Gap Analysis
Career Services Network Drive 5S Career Services  Megan Ross Lack of organization of the department drive has led to a disuse of it, inefficiencies and wasted time in searching 5S
Confused Customers Facilities Management

 Kerri Sleeman                               Ann Kitalong-Will

Parking regulations for winter carnival.  Information is not reaching the needed recipients causing confusion over where to park and resulting in unnecessary tickets which cost time and money. Process Mapping
Student Health Insurance Benefits  Amie Ledgerwood Students don't know what to do regarding insurance. Process Mapping
Academic Advisor Handbook Provost's Office  Ruth Archer Academic Advisors are confused and frustrated with all the locations of information.  It can be difficult to know where to go to find the correct information to give to their advisees. Communication
Open Enrollment Process HR Information Systems  Bob Hiltunen Lack of written process. Standard Work
Central Ticket Office Workspace Organization Ticketing Operations  Ernie Beutler Workspace is too small and not set up efficiently causing frustration and delays in  customer service as well as unsafe working conditions. Organization
ASME Student Design Competition Student Activities  Jim Desrochers                                   Laura Harry The student design competition of ASME is lacking standards, has poor time flow, and a failure to finalize causing loss of resources, wasting of time, and inability to compete in national events. Process Mapping
Engineering Fundamentals Drive 5S Engineering Fundamentals  Kathy Wardynski There are currently too many folders in separate locations for the same information in the department drive. 5S