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APIM Accelerating Proccess Improvement Methodology by Jacobs

Accelerating Process Improvement Method (APIM) was presented by Jacobs in her book in 2005 [1].
The APIM considers timing the key to facilitate the "faster, better, cheaper" mantra of a day [1] This method combines IDEAL (Initiating, Diagnostic, Establishing, Acting, Learning) Model with Agile programming methodology. It's consists three phrases:

  1. Pre-maturity - consist of steps that need to be accomplished in preparation for the Process Improvement effort
  2. Maturity - it's iterative phase, where improvements are done. It's repeat unlit organisation is ready for a more formal evaluation (audit) or for continues process improvement in another fields.
  3. Post-maturity - in this phase there is evaluation of improvement, audits and another form of assets, there is also place for improving process improvement work.

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In next articles you can find detailed definition of these phases.

[1] Deb Jacobs. 2005. Accelerating Process Improvement Using Agile Techniques (1st ed.). Auerbach Publications, Boston, MA, USA.