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Continuous Improvement Definition and Tools, Operational Excellence

Continuous Improvement & Operational Excellence

There is undoubtedly a clear connection between Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement - however, Operational Excellence is arguably a far more specific and definable term. Continuous Improvement more widely marks the process of persistently seeking to improve business process, products and practises. Where 'Operational Excellence' is a target state to attain through various practises, Continuous Improvement refers more to the ongoing journey of improvement. This can take place in a slower form known as 'Incremental Improvement', or be undertaken all at once in a method known as 'Breakthrough Improvement'.

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Continuous Improvement Programs - Kickstarting your journey with these tools and methods


However, the methodology and principle of Continuous Improvement is undoubtedly absolutely crucial to any Operational Excellence program. Without a company culture that promotes Continuous improvement, an Operational Excellence Program is unable to embed itself in the long-term across any organization.

Take a look below for video presentations, white papers and more on how to begin, improve and sustain your organizations Continuous Improvement journey. 

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8 Continuous Improvement Principles to Achieve Operational Excellence

8 Principles to Achieve Operational Excellence

Kevin Duggan, The Institute for Operational Excellence

The Connection between Continuous Improvement and Operational Excellence,

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The Dis-Continuous Improvement Journey

The Dis-Continuous Improvement Journey

Larry Fast,  Founder & President, Pathways to Manufacturing Excellence LLC

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Continuous Improvement in Operational Excellence  Videos:

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WATCH NOW: Transforming the Culture - Create a Lean and Continuous Improvement Culture in your Existing Business, Ingersoll Rand

Transforming the Culture - Create a Lean and Continuous Improvement Culture in your Existing Business, Ingersoll Rand


Operational Excellence: What is it? Strategy, definitions and more

To get an idea of the role of Continuous Improvement Operational Excellence, take a look at our FREE 6 in 1 report series, 'Operational Excellence: Snapshots', featuring the thoughts of 150+ Operational Excellence Professionals, and targeting the most pressing issues in the ecosystem.

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Award-Winning Case Studies

Download the free case studies now, or view the full list of award-winning Operational Excellence case studies, courtesy of the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit.

Award Winning Operational Excellence Case Study - Paccar Best Operational Excellence Award Winning Strategy - United Airlines What is Operational Excellence? Case Study Practises - Sonoco


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