What is a Quick Win?

Learn about Quick Wins (Solutions) and how to use this tool in Kure

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A Quick Win (Solution) is an obvious improvement that can be implemented quickly at little cost or disruption.

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Identify opportunities for improvement by first understanding what is happening in the process. An idea may seem like a simple solution, but implementation may be problematic if it doesn’t meet all the Solution criteria.

Criteria for a Solution include:

  • Cheap: Little or no cost to implement and/or funds are readily available

  • Easy: Doesn’t require a lot of planning and coordination

  • Fast: Implemented in days, not months

  • Low Risk: Easily be undone should we test it and find it doesn’t work

  • Within Your Control: Scope is within your ability influence

Examples of Solutions within a process:

  • Adding missing steps

  • Removing steps that serve no purpose

  • Revising unclear steps or steps that people do differently

How do I use the Solutions tool?

The Solutions tool confirms that proposed improvements are indeed Solutions and develops an implementation plan. Kure pre-populates the Root Causes determined from the 5 Whys. Then for each Root Cause, enter your solution ideas. It's best to brainstorm several alternatives since some may be better than others.

Next, evaluate your solution ideas using the drop-downs for each of the Solutions criteria.

  • Little or No Cost: There may be no budget available, so the solution should be free, or nearly so.

  • Easy: Implementing the solution should be easy, so it does not distract from the everyday work.

  • Fast: Similarly, the implementation should not take a lot of time.

  • Low Risk: Consider the worst thing that could happen if something went wrong. If the worst thing is it just doesn't work, that's considered low risk.

  • Within Your Control: If you or your team can't perform the Solutions yourself, there may not be resources to implement your solution.

Save your evaluation and if all the criteria are answered Yes, then it qualifies as a Solution, as noted with a Yes at the far right. Once you have evaluated all your Solutions, select Next to proceed to the Implementation Plan. If you have no Solutions, but an improvement is worth pursuing you can share this with your Manager and/or Process Owner at the close of the project.

Next, in the Solution Implementation Plan identify the steps needed to implement your solutions. Collaborate with those who work in the process since they will be critical to success.

Kure pre-populates your solutions under the Solution column. Many Solutions are simple enough to just do it, but some require a bit of planning, which is where the Solution Implementation Plan comes in. To complete the Solution Implementation Plan, enter the actions needed in the Actions column. Note who will perform the actions in the Who column and the expected completion date in the When column.

If you are doing the Solution yourself, you know what is happening, but if others are helping, you should carefully monitor the implementation, gathering information to demonstrate the impact, including before and after pictures. Place your documentation photos in the Before & After sections.

After you successfully implement your solution(s), select Complete to advance to the Project Handoff.

Kure helps you test the viability of your Solution ideas, as well as identify the steps needed to do them.

Kure guides you through each step in creating your Solutions by asking simple questions and providing guidance along the way. Powered by our Process Optimization Path® (artificial intelligence), Kure will help you and your teams collaborate to complete process improvement projects together.

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