WIHI: Five Practical Strategies for Managing Successful Improvement Projects

Date: June 30, 2016


  • Karen Baldoza, MSW, Executive Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • ​Christina Gunther-Murphy, MBA, Executive Director, IHI
  • Julianna Spranger, University of Wisconsin Health Improvement Coach
You have a great idea for an improvement project to reduce infection rates at your organization. You and your team have created a meaningful aim, crafted a useful set of measures, and brainstormed several creative change ideas to test in the coming months. There’s support from leadership, energy from staff, and excitement around every corner. You’re ready to go!
Except for one thing — now you need to successfully manage the project.
Managing a quality improvement project is a critical skill for anyone interested in making care — and systems — better where they work. But for many in health care, project management is not a full-time job. In fact, there’s a sizable gap between coming up with a great idea for a project and guiding a team to successful, meaningful improvements. Bridging that gap is what we discussed on this WIHI.
Whether you're about to manage your first improvement project or your 50th, whether you manage teams of four or teams of 40, this episode of WIHI will show you the strategies you can test and use immediately, examples you can share with colleagues, and valuable tools you can bring to your next quality improvement project.

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