CIP – ″Considerably Incredible Potential″

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On March 19, 2018, it was time for the apprentices and students of the class of 2016 to head off for the ″We in the Process″ week. After having already completed two project weeks in Mainz and in Prüm, the third and last project week now took us to the Center Park in Medebach.

Essential contents of this week were firstly the theoretical basics of processes as well as the sensitization of the importance of processes and secondly, continuous process improvement, especially for Roche. An e-learning which the participants completed in advance, served as the theoretical basis. The knowledge acquired was refreshed again during a workshop on Tuesday morning. In various exercises, participants succeeded in optimizing diverse processes, working together in a team and gathering new findings. We structured for example a production process by implementing the KANBAN method in a much more efficient way and with qualitatively higher-value products.

Core focus on Wednesday and Thursday was on the continuous improvement process. For this purpose, Dr. Frühauf gave a speech on CIP and idea management at Roche. Thanks to this speech, the trainees clearly realized the importance CIP has at Roche and which options it provides to optimize processes. Afterwards, the 36-hour assignment started for the five teams. The objective of this task was to work out a CIP method in the team and to create a learning tool for CIP 2 Go, a CIP platform. The second main focus of this team assignment was to come up with an idea on how you can improve and develop the error culture at Roche. Furthermore, one part of the assignment was to give each other continual feedback so that each participant has the opportunity to continuously improve him- or herself. In doing so, the teams had the opportunity to plan their time freely, and they presented the results on Thursday evening in a joint round. In the process, the structure of the presentations was just as different as the topics. While some put more emphasis on the theory during their presentation, others opted for a more entertaining way of giving their presentation, which made the project tangible. In the foreseeable future, the methods can be found in the CIP 2 Go tool.

Work was done with very creative problem-solving methods for the additional task to improve the error culture. The winning group of the 36-hour assignment wants, for example, to enhance the error culture by putting initial errors on display in the canteen that have subsequently turned into major innovations. Penicillin, for example, was discovered as the result of an unintentional film of mold that prevented the multiplication of bacteria.

To determine a winner at the end of the week, the results of the single group exercises, feedback of members among each other and the 36-hour assignment were included in the evaluation. Members of the winning group have the opportunity to present the results of the assignment during a lunch with the executive board of RDG.

Besides processing the individual workshops and the 36-hour assignment, the apprentices and students had the opportunity to use the leisure time offers of the Center Park like squash, soccer, swimming or run a full round of the course. Thanks to the accommodation in houses, the participants also had the task of cooking for themselves and the trainers. For this purpose, they got recipes and daily deliveries of groceries which were planned by the ″orga-team,″ consisting of apprentices and students.

In conclusion, it can be said that tremendous added value was created for participants since they all obtained the necessary awareness for processes, and the importance of process optimization in the Roche World was addressed in detail. Now what’s important is to not rest on these results, but instead to put the findings and experiences gathered into actual practice in order to generate added value for oneself, the department, and Roche as a whole.

Gabriel Hank (DH Student Business Administration Industry)

Daniel Schulze (DH Student Health Management)

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