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Continuous Improvement

Michigan Tech’s Office of Continuous Improvement is offering the local community opportunities to learn and grow in Lean thinking and practice, including Lean training and a continuous improvement group. The primary focus is on the strategy and tools of Lean and their application for competitive advantage and success. Michigan Tech is like a small city, so the improvement processes, methods, and tools covered in the training focus on the fundamentals and can be applied to any industry. 

In this reasonably priced Lean Training, participants learn practical knowledge that can be applied right away. The training includes sessions on the different aspects of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle for continuous improvement, and ready-to-use information on topics like workplace organization, process mapping, standard work, and visual management. To see upcoming training opportunities, choose "Lean Training" below. If you're a Michigan Tech employee, there's no cost for this training, but you'll need to visit the improvement website,, in order to register.

The Copper Country Lean/Continuous Improvement Group is an association of businesses and organizations in the Houghton, Michigan region, who are involved with Lean, quality, and continuous improvement efforts. The group meets once a quarter to learn more about continuous improvement, see how others are applying Lean in their organizations, share stories, collaborate, ask questions, and celebrate successes. An email list is used to communicate meeting dates, information, and updates related to the group. Membership in this group is free. If you’d like to be added to this list, select the group's product, below.

Michigan Tech's approach to quality is through continuous improvement using Lean principles. Lean is a systematic, intentional model for creating and sustaining an environment where continuous improvement is the norm. This robust model for continuous improvement and problem solving is centered in a culture of empowerment and mutual respect. Lean principles focus on increasing customer value, the elimination of waste, and optimizing operations. The tools used are tried and tested, and the use of cross-functional teams often bring new perspectives to the table.

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