Which Improvement Tool is Right for You?
Which Improvement Tool is Right for you? The EFQM Excellence Model, Lean, ISO, Six Sigma. Investors in People ...how do you know which performance improvement tools are right for your organization?
Which Improvement Tool is Right for you? The EFQM Excellence Model, Lean, ISO, Six Sigma. Investors in People … how do you know which performance improvement tools are right for your organization?
These improvement tools are complementary, not mutually exclusive. For example, EFQM, Lean, and Six Sigma all;
• focus on results
• use a team approach
• require management by fact
• are customer and market-focused
• require strong leadership for long-term effectiveness
These tools also share the concept of continuous improvement. The EFQM Criteria help you identify areas within your organization that are most ripe for improvement, and continuous improvement is an integral part of the cyclical steps of Lean and Six Sigma. For example, in a Lean environment, you work continuously to identify and eliminate waste-generating processes. In the control stage of a Six Sigma project, you generate and monitor data continuously to identify needs for further improvement.
Here’s one difference: the EFQM Criteria serve as a comprehensive framework for performance excellence. They focus on business results as well as organizational improvement and innovation systems. Lean and Six Sigma methodologies drive waste and inefficiencies out of processes, and ISO 9000 is a series of standards for an efficient quality conformance system.
Integrating the EFQM Criteria and Other Improvement Tools
Any organization—no matter its sector or size— can use the EFQM Criteria as a roadmap for performance excellence. In fact, many organizations begin their improvement efforts by using the Criteria for self-assessment. Through the EFQM Criteria, you pinpoint strengths and opportunities for improvement, but the Criteria allow you to choose the most suitable tools for carrying out improvements. For example, you might
• use EFQM to develop an overall performance map, identify areas for improvement, and track results
• use Six Sigma, Lean, or other tools to design operations or improve processes