The Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle provides a simple but effective approach for problem solving and managing change, ensuring that ideas are appropriately tested before committing to full implementation. This four-step model is a continuous improvement model that every business should implement and repeat over and over again to ensure excellence and omit repetitive practives that eat away at profitability.
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By planning and checking systems, businesses increase profitability by eliminating waste and improving quality.
Plan-Do-Check-Act provides a clearly defined, repeatable process for testing and understanding the impact of change before fully committing to the change, allowing you to assign resources to those changes and improvements that have shown they will be beneficial to your business. MEP teaches your team to:
- Use the PDCA model to continuously improve operations
- Develop strategies to begin a project or modify a process using PDCA
- Implement PDCA to improve services and processes tactically
- Plan data-collection, and subsequent analysis to improve enterprise systems
PDCA improves profitability factors by:
- Planning. Recognizing change opportunities on micro and macro levels
- Doing. Testing proposed changes via mini case studies prior to implementation for fit and usefulness
- Checking. Analyzing retrieved data to assess fit of proposed changes and allow modification
- Standardizing. Standardizing checks and to-do lists reducing errors
- Acting. Teaching how to take the correct action based on analysis to implement profitable changes
PDCA is a basic structure for strategic planning, needs–analysis, enterprise design and delivery, staff goal-setting and evaluation, structure of systems, and employee instruction.