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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
MUB Basement 5S part 2 Auxiliary Services Kari Pietrzyk After the first MUB Basement 5S, it was discovered that there isn't a standard for how to utlize space or items. There isn't a standard for how to train people in using these areas. Gemba walk, 5S, Audits
Dining Services 5S: Catering and Dish Room Dining Services Matt Lean Sustainment from a previous 5S has been missing for awhile. The supplies used previously, are no longer the supplies. There is no way to know if the appropriate amount of supplies are being given to specific events, nor is there an appropriate understanding when items need to be re-ordered. The previous standards, are no longer relevant leaving employees confused as to what practice they should follow. 5 Why's, Affinity Diagrams, 5S
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
Commencement Volunteers Registrars Kelly Vizanko and Alisha Kocjan Volunteers are often confused, and uniformed of the tasks being asked of them. There isn't a balance of how much each individual volunteer is doing, decreasing volunteer retention rates over time. Some volunteers are thanked in teh form of compensation, where most others are not. Volunteers are not easily identifiable, neither are committee members. This creates confusion with finding the right person to ask questions of. Swimlanes, A3
5S Golf Course Club House Auxiliary Services Mark Moraste All items in the 2nd floor storage space need to be sorted and organized.