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
Allocating Faculty time VPA-AMP-UP Terry Sharik There is a large variation across campus in allocating faculty time/effort among roles. Process Map
Service Catalog Information Technology Stephen Eles Create a more efficient, customer-centered way to create and track requests to completion.  Educating both the campus community and IT staff in order to smooth out the ticketing process. Swim Lanes
Aesthetic Improvement—EERC Basement Information Technology Brian Hutzler The current state affects teamwork and collaboration due to excitement, productivity, and attendance issues. 5 Whys and PCDA
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.
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
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
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 Whys Swim Lanes
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 Whys
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
Assignment of Safety Training of Student Employees Environmental Health and Safety Pete Baril Dining and facilities share common student employees, yet they assign general safety training independently. System is set up in a manner that makes verification of training tedious. Swim Lanes
Parade of Nations: Parade International
Program Services
Vienna Chapin Disorganized flow and flag management process and confusion at the end of the parade for people attending. Swim Lanes
Parade of Nations: Festival International
Program Services
Vienna Chapin Venue has been located at the Dee stadium for several years, but with 30 booths and an entertainment stage, space is limited for attendees and set up for event is physically difficult. SIPOC, Spaghetti Diagram, Affinity Diagram