Countermeasure vs. Solution in an Improvement Project

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Countermeasures and solutions are two of the most important concepts to understand when it comes to process improvement.

What is a Countermeasure?

Countermeasures are any actions taken to try and fix a problem before it becomes worse. They can be anything from fixing a flaw in a process to hiring new employees to increase production. By taking countermeasures, the project team can fix the problem before it becomes worse.

What is a Solution?

A solution is the most specific and effective way to address the issue. Solutions should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.

When selecting a solution, it is essential to consider all of the factors that contribute to the problem.

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  • What is the Difference Between a Countermeasure and a Solution?

    A countermeasure is a way to try and fix a problem before it becomes too big or too costly to repair.

    When looking for a solution, it is essential to consider all of the factors that contribute to the problem. Solutions are often more expensive than countermeasures, but they can often be more effective in addressing the issue.

    A solution is long-term or permanent and addresses the root cause of the problem.

    The Difference in the Context of Lean Management

    In Lean, any action taken as a part of improvement is considered as a countermeasure and not the solution.

    The term "countermeasure" is used not to give an impression that the actions being taken are the permanent solution and there is no further possibility of improvement. Any action taken as a part of Lean Management is a step towards improvement and is not an end. There is always a possibility of improving things.


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