Process Action Team (PAT) (Process Improvement Team, Quality Improvement Team) - Ad hoc team formed to improve a process or processes. Normally a PAT would be a cross functional team with members from various parts of the organization that interact with the process.
Often a PAT will use an improvement model such as the PDSA cycle to provide form to the improvement effort. Normally a PAT will have a leader, who is a member of the team as well, a sponsor (usually not a member of the team) and team members. A facilitator if also helpful. The form PATs take vary depending on the organization.
Management Dictionary: Affinity Diagram, Kaizen, PDSA, Poka-Yoke, Six Sigma, Statistical Process Control (SPC), Variation
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