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Part 4 of our series on the 7 Common Mistakes Made with Lean or Six Sigma Initiatives. Click the link to see the rest of the list.

When teams are formed and significant time is spent choosing a team name, designing the team logo and tee shirt, team photographs, eating catered meals and other such distractions, you can be sure your improvement program has gone off the rails. True improvement work has nothing to do with any of this and is a sign that your centralized continuous improvement support staff has way too much time on their hands.

My suggestion is you decentralize your improvement staff, assigning them to the managers responsible for doing the actual work of the business, and then use their time to actually improve things.

If your organization has failed to integrate continuous improvement into your line organization remember, it is never too late to integrate and reap the benefits!

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