Continuous Improvement

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 or call 906-487-3180.

Event Name Sponsoring Department Team Leader Problem Statement Applicable Tools
Work Order Process Facilities Management Lori Weir No standard for processing work orders, there is no system of checks and balances and roles and expectations are left undefined.  ICE, PACE, Process Map
Archival Collections Processing JR Van Pelt and Opie Library Lindsay Hiltunen The existing backlog and lack of consistent process makes it difficult to process collections quickly and make them available for researchers. Process map, ICE prioritization, 5S.
Process Mapping of Time Clock Plus Dining Services Colin Neese TimeClock Plus (TCP) is used by dining services to track employee hours, however Mangers are spending a great amount of time maintaining the TCP data. There's a lack of reporting ability directly from TCP increasing the time spent by managers even further. Swimlanes, Kata
Withdrawal Form Process

Dean of Students/Graduate School Laura Bulleit and  Debra Charlesworth There is confusion with the withdrawal form process for graduate students which is causing extra work and rework within offices.  Swimlanes