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From the Archives of a Common Sensei – Volume 4: Readiness Capability Assessment


In Volume 3 we discussed the CODEOWE method of determining where to apply our focus and the level of internalized commitment is present. The tool below is an example of how to analyze the readiness capability of the organization prior to moving forward. This method will help identify where to concentrate your efforts rather than try to tackle everything at once. The ideal state chart is an example of attributes required to be a successful process improvement organization.

Max Allway

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From the Archives of a Common Sensei – Volume 3: Structured Change using CODE OWE


In the Archives of A Common Sensei Volume 1 and 2 we discussed PDCA and A Checklist for a Kaizen Environment. In volume 3 we are backtracking a bit to provide a simple but structured method (CODEOWE) that I have used with over 200 organizations to help them internalize the need for their organization to tackle change with a positive mindset. These questions can be used to better understand the problems and those people who need to be involved in responding to those problems. By following the sequence of these questions, you will help team members (including leadership) internalize the need and their role within the organization while progressing toward targeted improvement.

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