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May 29th, 2024

Rapid Improvement Event (RIE) benefits and how they deliver Operational Improvements?

RIEs, sometimes known as Kaizen events focus on short-duration projects to drive operational improvement.  A cornerstone of Lean Methodology they can make significant, measurable improvements to a specific process within a very short period – ranging from a few days to a few weeks.

RIEs are often the initial step towards a more extensive operational improvement programme – quickly addressing specific issues and generating immediate results. RIEs effectively demonstrate the potential benefits of broader improvement programmes, helping to build momentum supporting further operational improvement efforts.

Rapid Improvement Event benefits and how they work:

Description of how a rapid improvement event works

In Summary

Rapid Improvement Events:

  1. Are an effective approach to driving incremental improvements to existing processes or systems, without disruption to ‘business as usual’.
  2. Utilise established Lean tools and methodologies to target specific issues or bottlenecks achieving impressive improvements over a short period of time.
  3. Are a powerful tool for fostering a culture of continuous improvement and driving sustainable business growth.  The approach is structured and focuses on cross-functional team collaboration and employee empowerment.
  4. Build momentum by showcasing potential benefits supporting further efforts for a broader Operational Improvement programme.


Rapid Improvement Events propel your organisation’s operational excellence to new heights, start integrating RIEs into your improvement strategy today.  Empower your teams, achieve quick wins, and build a sustainable culture of continuous improvement.

Bourton Group has applied the Rapid Improvements Event methodology with numerous clients across a wide range of industries, with some examples here..

Professional Business Services, Banking and Law

Engaging everyone in the process is enjoyable and highly effective, and managers can see immediate benefits – with outcomes aligned to wider business objectives.

Contact us at 01926 633333 or email to learn how we can help you implement effective RIEs and drive meaningful change.


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