Create a solid foundation
Before organizations can embark on process improvement programs such as Lean and Six Sigma, it is imperative that a good foundation be laid.
The basic principle of this level includes a safe and organized work environment, reliable equipment and standardized work (clear procedures, work instructions and protocols). This foundation provides a solid foundation for all future initiatives and improvement programs.
It is important to realize that even organizations operating at the higher CIMM levels must continue to pay ongoing attention to the basic elements in order to maintain the results achieved and prevent decline.