What's Happening

Kaizen Events

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@mtu.edu or call 906-487-3180.

Event Name Sponsoring Department Team Leader Problem Statement Applicable Tools
Reopening of Employee Termination Human Resources Peter Baril & Cat Burns Previous countermeasures taken need to be assessed and addressed in connection to new training processes; Errors in countermeasures need to be fixed. Process Map
Allocating Faculty time VPA-AMP-UP Terry Sharik There is a large variation across campus in allocating faculty time/effort among roles. Process Map
5s Catering Storage Room Dining Services Kari Pietrzyk There is unsureness as to what is in the storage room, what is being used or not, and unsureness as to what items are needed. 5S, 5 Why's & PDCA
5S All Custodial Closets in Memorial Union AUXILIARY SERVICES Kari Pietrzyk Cluttered and unorganized custodial closets in the Memorial Union Building are causing safety issues and finding equipment is time consuming. 5S
Project Editorial Process UMC Scott Balyo There is a lack of organization and flow management within the project process of UMC Procss Map, 5 Why's, 5S
Tenure, Promotions, and Re-appointments Provost Jackie Huntoon There isn't a shared understanding of how the promotion, tenure, and re-appointments process is executed which creates a communication barrier. This leads to the lack of effectiveness and creates confusion for both the faculty member and departments.
5S Supply Area Business
Operations
Danielle Davis Items being ordered that are unneeded and we don’t have or cannot find supplies that we need. 5S
Streamline Process for Lab Fee Requests + Annual Lab Fee Budget Sheet Provost Alex Guth Departments submit incomplete or inaccurate forms which results in increased processing time and multiple communications or submissions.
Airline Ticket Purchasing Options Accounting
Services
Nancy Corrigan
& Mary Yeo
Multiple methods of purchasing airline tickets leads to Increased follow-up, resulting in wasted time and many errors for not only accounting but each department as well. 5 Why's Swim Lanes
5S All Custodial Closets in Memorial Union Auxiliary Services Robert Hilutnen 5S
Parade of Nations: Funding International Program Services Vienna Chapin Due to lack of communication and standard, tensions are being created within the parade of nation's and also with organizations when it comes time for sponsorship. 5S Fishbone Swim Lanes 5 Why's
Reopening of Research Excellence Funds Vice President for Research Natasha Chopp Due to the amount of turnover, miscommunication and a long process is occurring from directions not being followed, a lack of knowledge, and too many steps to REF. Swim Lanes