Transferrable Continuous Improvement Skillsets

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and abilities that go beyond a particular position or organisation. They are highly valuable and sought after, because they are applicable to almost any role or industry sector, and once mastered, do not diminish in relevance over time. Here are 2 Continuous Improvement-based skill sets that have not only stood the test of time, but are transferrable across job roles, organisations and industries:

Innovation, Flexibility and Adaptability to Change

In answering this question, it is first imperative to separate Lean as a philosophy and Lean as a set of tools. Lean is often considered to be specific to the manufacturing industry, not simply because its history was birthed by the automotive industry (Toyota Production Systems), but also because many of the tools (Standard Work, Kanban cards, 5S) work best under high volume, low variation product lines, found in manufacturing operations as opposed to service industries.

Problem Solving and Creative Thinking

In answering this question, it is first imperative to separate Lean as a philosophy and Lean as a set of tools. Lean is often considered to be specific to the manufacturing industry, not simply because its history was birthed by the automotive industry (Toyota Production Systems), but also because many of the tools (Standard Work, Kanban cards, 5S) work best under high volume, low variation product lines, found in manufacturing operations as opposed to service industries.

The positive news is that whilst some people are born with these skills, they do not have to be innate, but can be developed and continuously improved upon over time through training.  

When you become a Lean Practitioner, you will learn the following invaluable skills that will provide you with the framework for coming up with robust solutions to lead Continuous Improvement strategy, resolve workplace problems and implement systems to optimise processes, these skills are relatable in any job role, organisation or industry:

·       Continuous Improvement Strategy
·       Value Stream Mapping (Process Mapping)
·       Root Cause Analysis
·       5S (Workplace Organisation)
·       Kaizen
·       Project Management

If you or your team are interested in developing these skill sets, and immediately starting to scope and implement improvement projects in your organisation, consider signing up to our Lean Practitioner Program. You may be Eligible for a number of State and Federal Government Funding, book a Complimentary Discovery Meeting with one of our Lean Six Sigma Consultants to discuss your options.