AIR FORCE - AFI 38-401
CONTINUOUS PROCESS IMPROVEMENT (CPI)
|Publication Date:||23 August 2019|
It is every commander's obligation to maximize the productivity of every asset and resource in both business and warfighting processes. Implementing performance management provides an effective means for commanders to execute their "Manage Resources" and "Improve the Unit" obligations outlined in AFI 1-2, Commander's Responsibilities. Accordingly, this instruction establishes USAF's CPI program. It also assigns detailed roles and responsibilities to support and implement the same. Further, it establishes performance standards and education and training requirements for certification.
Key principles contained in these methodologies include alignment of mission and metrics at all organizational levels, redesigning processes to improve flow and reduce waste, eliminating factors that degrade product quality, identifying and overcoming process constraints or even completely redesigning processes using clean-sheet thinking. Consistent application of these principles enables Airmen to integrate continuous process improvement concepts into daily routines. This will improve performance across the full spectrum of AF operations. Airmen will better manage resources, improve units and underwrite a path to faster decision making and agile maneuvering in both warfighting and business operations.
The USAF Deputy Chief Management Officer (SAF/MG) is responsible for maintaining and providing direction and policy for an AF-wide, system-based performance improvement program. To accomplish this, SAF/MG established a CPI program to drive process transformation.
CPI efforts focus on process effectiveness and efficiency across the AF using principles that apply to all work processes. Grounded in proven, industry-standard process-improvement tactics, CPI aims to significantly increase Air Force combat capabilities and replicate across the DoD where possible.
Every process can be improved. Consistent application of CPI enables Airmen to become true stakeholders in output and outcomes and is key to integrating CPI across the Air Force.