At Rever, we believe that your ideas have a lot of value and should not be part of a suggestion box. The PDCA cycle allows you to carry out your Revs through a flow that facilitates the development of your ideas to turn them into actions.
The key is to know the problem.
Problem + Idea + Expected Result
The first stage consists of 3 questions that will help you to set the scene of the problem to solve.
- What is the problem
- What is the idea?
- What is the expected result?
There is no better way to know if something works than trying.
Test your idea
Once your problem is resolved, it is time to do a small test to validate your idea. Yes, we talk about taking actions! Some tips:
The experiment should be simple and should not take much time or resources. If it is something manual, you can try with temporary materials or making a very simple prototype. If it is a change to a process, you can test it a couple of times.
If you need help doing this experiment, ask for it! Remember that you should always have a coach who can help you put your idea to the test.
The moment of the truth.
In this stage, you will answer a simple question: Was the expected result obtained?
Maybe your experiment has been a success, or it may also happen that it does not work as you expected. Do not worry, the important thing is to be very honest about the outcome of your test.
The real value of your idea.
At this stage, the questions will depend on the outcome of your experiment but will allow you to make a value conclusion.
If your experiment failed, the question to answer would be What did you learn? Remember that the most important thing to make mistakes is to learn from our mistakes and share this learning with others.
If your experiment has worked, you will have to answer two questions:
- What is the permanent solution? Your experiment was just a test, remember? Now it is time to indicate what must be the permanent solution that solves the initial problem.
- Where else can it be implemented? If your solution is right, it can probably be applied elsewhere, it indicates where for others to benefit from your innovation.
This stage closes the cycle by helping you identify the impact your idea has on you, your team, and the company. Through 17 questions, you can define if your idea saves time, improves processes, increases the security of your organization, or makes customers happy.