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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
Allocating Faculty time VPA-AMP-UP Terry Sharik There is a large variation across campus in allocating faculty time/effort among roles. Process Map
and Reappointments
Provost Jackie Huntoon

There isn't a shared understanding of how
the promotion, tenure, and reappointments 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.
Focus Groups
MUB Basement 5S Auxiliary Services Daryl Matthews & Kari P Users are being injured and wasting time trying to find necessary equipment or inventory. Items are being damaged and creating safety issues. Unnecessary items are causing wasted space. 5S
Daniell Heights Inspection Process Daniell Heights Chris Maxson The inspection teams have some tehnology issues with files corrupting and limited access to wi-fi when conducting the inspections Process Mapping
Industrial Funding: Women Faculty as Principle Investigators Vice President for Research Pete Larson Female faculty don't submit proposals for industry funding at the same rate as male faculty; female faculty are not funded as Pis at a very high rate by industry sponsors. This results in missed opportunities for faculty, students and the university, and can impact individual faculty with regard to tenure and promotion as well as retention. Hold focus groups to better assess current state
Locker Room Process Ticketing Ashley DeVoge Customers have to wait for duplicate information to be entered when signing up and staff members have to spend hours manually making reports because not all of the account information is available in one place. Swim Lanes
Commencement Registrars Kelly Vizanko There currently isn't a shared understanding of all that goes on in the commencement process. There are many areas of commencement that complicate the process, so this event is projected to split into several events, each of which will be focused on an aspect of commencement. The goal is standardize the steps of commencement and open the clarity and communication up. Swim Lanes,
Decision Matrix
Improving Check Request Process Financial Services & Operations Sue Laajala Currently check requests are submitted, primarily electronically, by departments with incorrect and/or missing information and documentation. This requires additional follow up with the departments and creates delays in processing payments.

Affinity Diagrams, ICE Prioritization

5S Golf Course Club House Auxiliary Services Mark Moraste All items in the 2nd floor storage space need to be sorted and organized.


Tech Fit Ticketing Ashley DeVoge Lack of standards and consistency is leading to confusion, miscommunication, and incorrect usage of techfit funds causing frustration among staff and customers. It also leads to large amounts of paperwork.

Swim lane, brainstorming, ICE tool, infinity diagrams, fishbone diagram

Tenure, promotion, and reppointment processes Provost Jackie Huntoon There isn't a shared understanding of how the promotion, tenure, and reappointments process is executed which creates a communication barrier. This leads to the lack of effectivness and creates confusion for both the faculty members and departments