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
Faculty Search Certification Process Provost Audrey Mayer There is no current standard process to search for new faculty. Process Map
Organize M Drive Engineering Fundamentals Gina Dunsten The current state of the M Drive leads to confusion and inability to find documents quickly 5S
Library Archive Binder process Library Georgian Larson Binders have no order and there is a waste of time looking for binders. Duplication of information and binders are falling apart leading to pages missing. 5S
Wadsworth Hall Signage Housing Heather Dunne Visitors to Wadsworth Hall are often confused when entering Wadsworth Hall and are unable to find where they need to go.  Visual Controls
Curriculum Binder Process Provost Theresa Jacques Annual task that is complex must be simplified and clarified. Need an efficient, thoughtful, & streamlined process for all curriculum updates (courses, degree audits, and general education). Process Map
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
Payroll Shared Drive 5s Human Resources Lorraine Young There are no standards for saving, naming, or locating files and folders on the Payroll shared drive, causing frustration and wasted time for users when searching for existing files and saving new files. 5S
Keyshop/Hardware organization Public Safety & Police Services Reid Devoge Due to the current organization of the lock shop, it is taking longer than needed to make and/or locate the keys and their cores per request. 5 Why's, Swim lanes, PDCA