While deciding which continuous improvement programs are appropriate for your employees, here's some food for thought: According to the IndustryWeek/Manufacturing Performance Institute 2006 Census of Manufacturers, out of 745 respondents, lean manufacturing was the most common method implemented by manufacturers.
Other methods listed were not as widely implemented. A combination of lean and Six Sigma was a distant second -- garnering just 12.4% of responses -- while nearly 20% of respondents say they haven't implemented any continuous improvement methodology.
Here's the complete breakdown of survey responses:
|Continuous Improvement Method Implemented||Percentage Of Respondents|
|Lean and Six Sigma||12.4%|
|Total quality management||9.9%|
|Toyota Production System||3.1%|
|Theory of Constraints||3.0%|