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1 A Simple Approach to Improving Research Administration Processes Spring 2013 KAIZEN

2 Spring 2013 Good Change Kai = change Zen = good A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

3 Spring 2013 Kaizen An inclusive philosophy and practice of productive improvement, which is made incrementally and continuously. A transformative approach to improving quality while reducing costs.

4 Spring 2013 Principles of Kaizen  Participation, empowerment  Define, monitor and redefine standards  Steady, constant  Small, incremental change  Root cause analysis

5 Spring 2013 Kaizen  Value  Quality  Dependability  Discipline

6 Spring 2013 Kaizen  Discipline And the value of teams.

7 Spring 2013 Kaizen Practices Plan > Do > Check > Act >  PLAN: ID the problem, suggest suggestions;  DO: Implement;  CHECK: Measure and assess, seek feedback;  ACT: Evaluate; design improvements.

8 Spring 2013 Kaizen Practices Plan > Do > Check > Act >

9 Spring 2013 Kaizen Practices  Focus on the Process  Challenge the Status Quo  Emphasize Training (Learning Organization)  Invite Feedback

10 Spring 2013 Kaizen Practices  Feedback Improvement is everyone’s responsibility.

11 Spring 2013 Lean Improvements are designed to create value by eliminating waste. Waste = additional resources (time, money, activity) that do not create any value to the customer.

12 Spring 2013 Lean Goal of engaging in the Kaizen practice is not perfection, rather it is about achieving excellence

13 Spring 2013 Mura Muri Muda  Uneveness (Mura)  Overburden (Muri)  Waste (Muda)

14 Spring 2013 Muda Examples of Administrative Waste  Errors  Bureaucracy (e.g. approvals)  Excess Documentation Contramuda = JIT, modular budgets, SNAP

15 Spring p s  People (Initiative, Self-Direction, Alignment)  Purpose (A different kind of why? Adding value)  Process (Design, make, use, improve)

16 Spring 2013 Kaizen Initiative People Teamwork Problem Solve Cross-functional Empowerment/Autonomy

17 Spring p s  People “Think, think, think….”

18 Spring S5S  Sort (organization)  Straighten (orderliness)  Sweep/Shine (cleanliness)  Schedule (Standard maintenance of organization, orderliness, cleanliness)  Sustain (habit of standardization)

19 Spring 2013 Simplicity, Utility

20 Spring 2013 Kaizen Systems The practice serves as system for obtaining an objective or completing a task by aiding: o Precision o Consistency o Efficiency o Adjusting to Scale o Training & Education

21 Spring 2013 Standard Operating Procedures  Represents “best practice” for the task  Provides baseline for improvement  Articulates objectives  Prevents Errors  Provides Training  Preserves Expertise

22 Spring 2013 Case Study – Fund Setup Form 2006

23 Spring 2013 Case Study – Fund Setup Form

24 Spring 2013 Sponsored Activities Administration Where are you in the process? Department Department ORSP Research Finance

25 Spring 2013 Sponsored Activities Administration Identify a specific problem or area for improvement? Ask the Five Whys o Insufficient information is being communicated. (The Problem) o Why? - The form doesn’t have the corrected data. (first why) o Why? –It’s an old form. (second why) o Why? – We don’t have the right template. (third why) o Why? – We don’t have the right software. (fourth why) o Why? – We didn’t upgrade to take advantage of technology. (fifth why, a root cause)

26 Spring 2013 Sponsored Activities Administration When why gets in the way…. Ask How If the whys are strong enough you’ll find a way to how.

27 Spring 2013 Sponsored Activities Administration Add some Does Does it make the job easier? Does it make the job safer (more compliant)? Does it make the information more clear? Does it help avoid errors? Does it remove a barrier or layer?

28 Spring 2013 Sponsored Activities Administration Goals Add value for the customer and/or Relieve the burden on the customer Manage & Improve

29 Spring 2013 Sponsored Activities Administration Lead as if you have no power. Knowledge of the work; Knowledge of job responsibilities; Teach; Adapt Celebrate the small successes!

30 Spring 2013 Alignment and Control

31 Spring 2013 Make Things Better Kai = change Zen = good Start the journey now. Namaste


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