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.