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The target, within Continuous Improvement, refers to the desired value of the process characteristic being measured—“2-Day Lead Time” or “2% Defect rate”. Once the baseline or “as is” process measure has been established, the goal is to reduce the gap between the basline and the target—“Reduce Lead Time from 5 days to 2 days” or “Reduce the Defect Rate from 5% to 2%.”

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Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Master Black Belt at GoLeanSixSigma.com, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 30 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Marriott International, Inc. build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.
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