Common purposes of continuous process improvement are:
-To continuously refine the processes of manufacturing or service, not simply to focus on the quality of the goods or services produced
-To incorporate improvement considerations into the processes themselves, not merely to subject processes to periodic reviews and audits
-To define achievable goals and develop quantitative measures to chart progress toward reaching those goals
-To make the workplace more empowering by involving everyone in the assessment and improvement of the processes they oversee, manage, or carry out
-To increase productivity
-To improve worker satisfaction by improving workplace safety, eliminating unnecessarily strenuous or stressful work, making performance assessments more rational, and enhancing the quality of jobs and career options
-To train employees to identify waste (wasted resources, wasted motion, wasted time, etc.) and participate in eliminating the waste.