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 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
Food Service Helper Job Description Dining Services

Kerri Sleeman & Renee Hiller

Due to high frequency turnover and a large applicant pool while using outdated hiring tools, it is difficult and time-consuming to get the right people in place. Standard Work
Curriculum Binder Process Provost's Office Ruth Archer & Gina LeMay Routine tasks, which is complex and time consuming, to prevent the different curriculum from colliding Process Map
Start Up Funding Provost's Office Cayce Will & Richelle Schwaller There are multiple tracking systems on campus that don;t allow for extraction of demographic data linked to faculty start ups. This causes frustration and confusion for the people involved as well as wasted time and resources.  Reporting is difficult due to the different channels of information making it nearly impossible to have accurate data in order to make decisions. Standard Work
Facilities Purchasing Process Facilities Cayce Will When employees purchase on their own, charges get missed on work orders, invoices get paid incorrectly, time is wasted and we spend too much. Process Map
Library S Drive 5S Library Elizabeth Wohlford The Michigan Tech Library staff does not currently have a standard for electronic filing on the S drive. Items either do not exist or cannot be found (easily) in the current structure. 5S
Adult Summer Programs Improvements Housing and Residential Life Chris Maxson and Shellie Hubert Standard work documents but still allowing for flexibility, create a behind the scenes timeline and develop a communication plan. Process Mapping
Payroll Process for Student Hires Dining Services Daryl Matthews From being hired as an employee within dining services, students are not being paid due to lack of proper paperwork being filled out. Standard Work