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Success Comes From Planning

Most well-run companies spend a significant proportion of management time on planning. Budgets, production, new products and other important elements of the business plan are well thought through and tracked.

Unfortunately, many of these same companies do not apply this same discipline to their continuous improvement activities. Green Belts (GBs) and Black Belts (BBs) are trained to employ the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle, but the organization then pushes the Belts to do projects that are not well planned.


Change is undertaken without a clear understanding of how these projects fit into the long-term business plan.


The result is reactive problem solving that may not have a lasting and significant impact on the long-term health of the organization. Effective management of continuous improvement, however, is primarily driven by good planning. Failing to integrate continuous improvement into the overall business planning cycle is a leading cause of failed deployments.


 in brief, business level strategy describes the strategic planning and implementation activities that occur in order to set and steer direction for an individual business unit.

These activities will generally include how to gain competitive advantage and create customer value in the specific market the business unit operates in.

As a result, organizations with only one distinct business will often combine business strategy with corporate strategy as a single strategy level.

  1. Understand your business priorities. ...

  2. Identify the challenges. ...

  3. Determine key solutions. ...

  4. Choose a solution that makes sense. ...

  5. Implement the solution. ...

  6. Measure the results. ...

  7. Capture lessons learned.


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