Before you make changes in your organization, take time to review and understand the Operational Excellence (OpEx) approach to continuous improvement. Operational Excellence aims to improve organizational effectiveness and drive better results. Its core principles are “safety, excellence, integrity, quality, growth and value”. 

While most improvement and quality initiatives target specific processes, production or equipment systems, OpEx encompasses a wider footprint: people, performance, maintenance, equipment, systems and, most importantly, culture. Despite its wide-ranging nature, OpEx doesn’t replace or change successful improvement practices. It “knits” programs together under a framework that emphasizes “safety and human performance” to enhance a company’s value.