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Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI)


MDI entails creating a management system to sustain lean improvements

Learn how to ask powerful question that drive problem solving; lead effective gemba walks; create team huddles that focus on problem solving.


Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI) is the missing link in lean transformation efforts. While kaizen events and continuous improvement (CI) projects provide breakthrough results, these are often not sustained. The key to sustainment, as well as 100 percent involvement, resides in the power of MDI. Learn the two critical phases of MDI, including: The power of team huddles; using a  "Business Status Sheet" to drive daily improvement; leader standard work in order to create accountability within the team structure; problem solving thinking; how to align your organization so that the right problems are solved at the right level. MDI is by far the most important tool that drives accountability and problem solving minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-by-day.


Simpler Consulting was founded to fundamentally change the way lean enterprise transformation happened - to make it easier with the Simpler Business System. Simpler became the largest exclusively lean transformation coaching organization in the world, with over 140 sensei and hundreds of clients in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Speakers: Craig Weathers / Michelle Tressler

Craig Weathers has 25 years of experience in various industries implementing lean. His clients quickly recognize his passion for developing and teaching of level of leadership how to apply lean principles to their everyday work. Weathers' experience ranges from manufacturing to health care, as well as lean in administrative areas.

Michelle Tressler, PhD, is the assistant vice president, project management, at Scripps Health. She has operations and management consulting experience. She currently oversees system decision support, strategic project management and the internal “Value by Design” (lean) team. She has been the system assistant vice president overseeing the organization’s CI model and training for the past five years. For the past 18 months, Tressler has been leading the Scripps internal lean management team to help create a cultural transformation in a high-performing horizontal system organization.