HAVE YOU EVER wondered why continuous improvement initiatives such as lean, Six Sigma, Baldrige, and others fail? The initiatives are typically launched with a big splash but then subside to a ripple. This article presents the continuous improvement faux pas of many companies that I have observed very closely over the last several years. Although each company has its own spin on what actually happened, I have noted a common set of reasons, which result in continuous improvement initiatives taking a downward spiral. Although the list could be large, I am listing only the critical eight


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