Experience a 5-Day Improvement Event at Virginia Mason

Lead and participate on our genba

What is a Rapid Process Improvement Workshop (RPIW)?

An RPIW is a five-day workshop focused on a particular process in which the people who do the work are empowered to eliminate waste and reduce the burden of work. It is designed around the plan-do-study-act (PDSA) method. An organization’s team of leaders will be guided by a Virginia Mason Institute sensei to lead and participate in a Rapid Process Improvement Workshop (RPIW). Participants will apply lean tools and methods to a specific process at Virginia Mason through observation, simulation and testing. This event enables an organization’s team members to come to our genba (where the work happens) to master skills in kaizen (improvement work) through active participation in a Rapid Process Improvement Workshop at Virginia Mason.

This RPIW will give you an understanding of:

  • The application of lean tools and methods and the rigor used for accountability and reliability.
  • What a culture of transformation and continuous improvement feels like.
  • The power of observation, testing and removing waste from our work.
  • After this workshop you will be able to reflect on your organization’s strengths and opportunities in its improvement method.


  • Participation in extensive idea generation
  • Conducting effective observations
  • Hands-on simulations and testing

Who should attend


Prerequisites – None

Interested in participating in this unique experience?