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8 Reasons to Digitize Your Huddle Boards

Posted by Maggie Millard

Oct 21, 2016 11:27:56 AM

Huddle boards are popular with many organizations because of their power to keep improvement work at the top of people's minds, organize and manage change, and visualize progress. But the traditional model of a physical huddle board hanging on a wall in the workspace comes with some big limitations. That’s why many organizations are taking the huddle board off the wall and moving it into the cloud. Here are the top 8 reasons to take this approach.

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Critical Questions to Ask after Your Next Rapid Improvement Event

Posted by Maggie Millard

Oct 18, 2016 8:15:00 AM

We’ve written before about how to lay out the road map for your next rapid improvement or Kaizen event. Careful planning is essential to an effective event, but what happens afterward is important as well.

We’ve seen too many apparently successful events fail to have a lasting impact because processes quickly devolve right back to where they were before the improvement effort.

If you want your rapid improvement events to result in lasting positive change, and you want each event to be even better than the last, be sure to ask these questions when it is over.

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Topics: Lean

How to Sell Your Team On the Lean Tool of 5S

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Oct 17, 2016 6:54:14 AM

The Lean approach to business management is full of powerful tools that help organizations actively reduce waste, pursue perfection, and improve measurable business results. But, of course, tools are only as effective as the people who use them. And they don’t accomplish anything at all if people don’t engage.

That’s why it is important to communicate the purpose and benefits of any Lean tool you introduce. 5S is no different. In fact, because it directly impacts the workspace, it can be met with more resistance than other improvement methodologies.

That’s why it is essential to sell the idea well from the get-go.

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Topics: Lean

4 Strategies for Getting People to Embrace a New Continuous Improvement Software Platform

Posted by Matt Banna

Oct 13, 2016 9:02:00 AM

Introducing a new technology platform to your staff for any business function is a daunting task, and continuous improvement software is no different. As soon as you announce that you’re bringing in a new platform, people start to worry about having to learn how to use it and how much time it’s going to add to their day. When you really think about it, that’s a pretty fair concern and goes a long way toward explaining organizational resistance to change.

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Topics: Leadership, Software, Improvement Culture

Incident Reporting System Features You Can't Afford to Go Without

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Oct 12, 2016 7:12:58 AM

Incident reporting systems, widely used in healthcare and aviation, are becoming more popular with businesses of all types. It’s no wonder that organizations are interested in leveraging technology to support it. Incident reporting, along with corrective action and preventative action, is an essential part of continuous improvement. We’ve been asked quite a bit lately about what buyers should look for when evaluating incident reporting systems. Here are the critical features.

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Topics: Software, Continuous Improvement Software

Frequently Asked Questions About Agile Software

Posted by Greg Jacobson

Oct 11, 2016 4:16:57 PM

I’m going to be blunt. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to start this blog about Agile Software FAQs because, without the answers to the first two questions, nothing I say is going to make much sense. So let’s just jump right in, shall we?

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Topics: Software

How Strategy Execution Software Solves 3 C-Level Problems

Posted by Maggie Millard

Oct 10, 2016 12:21:03 PM

We don’t find it surprising at all that a survey of Global 5000 CEOs undertaken by The Conference Board revealed that “Excellence in Execution” was the number one challenge of the majority of CEOs. It reflects what we hear from the C-level executives we speak to every day about continuous improvement. Regardless of the care and thought that goes into strategic planning, research shows a significant gap between the financial ambitions of leaders and what organizations are actually able to deliver.

One of the problems is that while strategy execution is essential to achieving business objectives most organizations have no solution in place to manage it. They have software for managing employees, supporting customers, producing products, and paying the bills, but nothing in place to support what is arguably the most important responsibility of the organization. Here are just three of the biggest challenges that strategy execution software can help solve for executive teams.

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Topics: Strategy Deployment

Why Your Political Beliefs are Confusing, and How that Applies to Work

Posted by Mark Jaben

Oct 7, 2016 7:58:00 AM

First off, while this blog post may be about the extraordinary election going on in the United States, this is not a partisan plea. Sorry if you were hoping for a suggestion.  Only your brain can make that choice. I’ve talked with a lot of people who are, quite frankly, disgusted with this whole political cycle. For me, though, this has been a fascinating nightly expose of how brains operate.

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Topics: Leadership

5 Lean Leadership Principles to Remember

Posted by Maggie Millard

Oct 6, 2016 8:46:00 AM

I’m sure you are all familiar with the saying, “Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.” This idea is true in many ways. Parents can relate. When your four-year-old is having a meltdown in Target, it’s hard to remember how much joy she brings to your life. I think most business people can relate too. Sometimes we get so focused on what needs to be done on a given day, or what crisis is brewing at the moment, that it is hard to remember the bigger picture.

For those implementing Lean business practices, the day to day grind can make you forget the core principles that attracted you to the approach in the first place. It is smart to step back every once in a while and remind yourself and your team why you are committed to being a Lean leader.

Here are some if the principles to keep at the top of your mind.

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Topics: Lean, Leadership

The Most Important Features and Benefits of DMAIC Software

Posted by Greg Jacobson

Oct 5, 2016 8:17:00 AM

The DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) improvement cycle is an effective technique for structured change management. The emphasis on measurement and analysis helps ensure that opportunities for improvement are executed in a way that ensures the most positive impact.

DMAIC software supports the approach and helps organizations get the most out of their improvement efforts.

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Topics: Improvement Process