Identify and analyze innovative improvements
that could increase the organizationís quality and process
The specific practice, Collect and Analyze
Improvement Proposals, analyzes proposals that are passively collected.
The purpose of this specific practice is to actively search for, locate,
and analyze innovative improvements. This search primarily involves
looking outside the organization.
- Candidate innovative
- Analysis of proposed innovative
- Analyze the organizationís set of standard
processes to determine areas in which innovative improvements would be
analyses are performed to determine which subprocesses are critical to
achieving the organizationís quality and process-performance objectives
and which ones are good candidates to be improved.
- Investigate innovative improvements that may
improve the organizationís set of standard processes.
|Investigating innovative improvements involves
the following activities:
- Systematically maintaining
awareness of leading relevant technical work and technology
- Periodically searching for
commercially available innovative improvements
- Collecting proposals for
innovative improvements from projects and the
- Systematically reviewing
processes and technologies used externally and comparing them to
those used in the organization
- Identifying areas in which
innovative improvements have been used successfully, and
reviewing data and documentation of experience using these
- Identifying improvements
that integrate new technology into products and project work
- Analyze potential innovative improvements to
understand their effects on process elements and predict their influence
on the process.
Process-performance models can provide a basis for
analyzing possible effects of changes to process
Process Performance process area for more information about
establishing process-performance models.
- Analyze the costs and benefits of potential
Innovative improvements that have a large
cost-to-benefit ratio are rejected.
- Create process- and technology-improvement
proposals for those innovative improvements that would result in
improving the organizationís processes or technologies.
- Select innovative improvements to be piloted
before broadscale deployment.
Since innovations, by definition, usually represent
a major change, most innovative improvements will be
- Document results of evaluations of