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How to Ensure Broad Adoption of Kaizen Software

Posted by Clint Corley

Feb 23, 2018 10:20:35 AM

If a tree falls in the forest, we’re pretty sure it makes a sound even if no one is around to hear it. We’re 100% sure that if you implement Kaizen software and no one uses it, there will be no impact. There might be a lot of noise from grumbling executives who’ve just wasted a lot of money, but no positive change.

That’s why it is so important to plan your Kaizen Software roll out with a focus on broad user adoption. We’ve helped tons of clients with improvement technology implementations and here’s what we’ve learned works when it comes to getting people on board.

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Topics: Innovation Software, Kaizen, Software

How Can We Evaluate the Success of our Continuous Improvement Department?

Posted by Mark Graban

Feb 22, 2018 10:23:56 AM

We love answering questions in our "Ask Us Anything" video series, but sometimes we get questions that are best answered in a blog post.

Here is a question from somebody in our KaiNexus community who works in a healthcare system:

"In our Continuous Improvement department, we are often evaluating and re-evaluating how we measure the success of what it is that we do. It honestly can be a struggle sometimes, and we want to better convey it to our senior leadership and especially how it aligns with our strategic objectives year-to-year.

Some things are easier [to measure] than others.

For instance,  Kaizen events - we can get a good idea of our success with how many of our action plans were closed out and other sustainment checks. The other things - coaching, teaching, being a mentor, project management, etc. - are much harder to gauge and really "measure."

I was curious - what are the ways you know of and have researched that are great measures of success in a continuous improvement or process improvement department?"  

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An Invaluable Change Management Software Selection Guide

Posted by Maggie Millard

Feb 20, 2018 3:46:17 PM

Is 2018 the year that your organization puts some structure around positive change? If so, congratulations! When teams take a more thoughtful approach to improvement, they see better results and get work done faster.

Change management software takes the game to a whole different level enabling collaboration, real-time management, impact reporting and so much more.

Most people don’t buy change management software very often, so we’ve put together this selection guide to help you know what you should look for when evaluating solutions.

For the full guide, download:

Change Management Software Comparison Matrix

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Topics: Change Management Software

Home Runs and Strategy Deployment

Posted by Matt Banna

Feb 15, 2018 6:25:00 AM

Chicks dig the long ball. At least, that’s what the Nike ad from the late 90s told us. If you don’t recall this particular ad, you can watch it here. Simply put, the ad shows that everyone likes home runs better than base hits or strikeouts. And home runs are way cooler than bunting.

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Lean Software Is Not Just for Manufacturing Companies

Posted by Clint Corley

Feb 14, 2018 6:26:00 AM

When people ask me about my job and I explain that my company offers Lean software, people who know anything about the Lean business management methodology usually assume that all of our customers are manufacturers. That’s not an unreasonable assumption given Lean’s origins in the Japanese automobile industry, but it’s also not true. We have customers in all sort of industries from banking to non-profit. We have clients in industries ranging from logistics and financial services companies to construction companies and hospitals.

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Topics: Lean, Continuous Improvement Software, Lean Healthcare

Webinar Preview: How a Lean Adoption Strategy for Public Schools Applies to Everyone

Posted by Mark Graban

Feb 13, 2018 10:48:56 AM

I’m excited to be giving a preview of a webinar that Harry Kenworthy is going to be presenting for us on February 19th. 

The title of that webinar is "How a Lean Adoption Strategy for Public Schools Applies to Everyone," I certainly hope this will be of interest to you. Harry did a webinar back in 2016, and he called it "10 Commandments for Lean in Government," but Harry’s ideas on Lean certainly apply everywhere.

How a Lean Adoption Strategy for Public Schools Applies to Everyone

February 19 from 1:00 - 2:00 ET

Presented by Harry Kenworthy

Register Now

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Why Lean fails too often
  • Why organizational “knowledge” undermines Lean
  • When and how leadership should be engaged
  • A “Proven Path” strategy for launching a Lean initiative; how two weeks
    means all the difference for success

This blog post is an edited transcript of a podcast that we did as a preview.

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Topics: Webinars

Much of What People Say About Kaizen Events is Wrong

Posted by Matt Banna

Feb 9, 2018 6:30:00 AM

When someone comes to us asking for information about our Kaizen software, we like to ask a ton of questions. It helps us to understand their business and their approach to improvement. We ask about the team, the key business objectives, and past improvement efforts.

The subject of Kaizen events comes up often because so many organizations have tried or are looking to try the technique. These conversations reveal that there is a lot of “fake news” floating around about Kaizen events.

We’d like to set the record straight.

Here are things people say about Kaizen events that aren’t true:

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Topics: Kaizen

9 Brilliantly Simple Continuous Quality Improvement Techniques

Posted by Maggie Millard

Feb 8, 2018 11:09:33 AM

I often find myself falling into the common trap of believing that if something is worthwhile, it is necessarily difficult. I think we all expect that valuable things are hard. The truth is, however, that sometimes the most effective and impactful things we can do are really quite simple.

When it comes to continuous quality improvement, this is absolutely the case.

Here are 9 examples of quality improvement tools, techniques, and technology that are uncomplicated yet extremely valuable.

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Topics: Quality, Spread Continuous Improvement

What the KaiNexus Team Saw and Heard Visiting a Toyota Plant

Posted by Mark Graban

Feb 7, 2018 7:03:00 AM

As I wrote about last month, the entire KaiNexus team was excited to have the chance to visit and tour the Toyota truck factory in San Antonio, the plant known as TMMTX (Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas). 

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3 Arguments Against Kaizen Tracking in Spreadsheets

Posted by Maggie Millard

Feb 2, 2018 10:45:28 AM

If you are still tracking your Kaizen activities in spreadsheets, I get it. Spreadsheets are a tempting approach because you already have them, most people know how to use their basic functions, they’re infinitely configurable, they never get the math wrong, and rows and columns are an intuitive way to organize things.  

But let me ask you a question.

Do you use spreadsheets to track sales activity, inventory, customer support requests, and employee data? Probably not. You probably have a CRM, and ERP, and HR software.

Could you track those things in spreadsheets?

Sure, but you don’t because those functions are important enough that you want a solution custom-built to support them. You want consistency across users, you want data security and integrity, and you want active functionality.

If you are serious about continuous improvement, you’d want all of those things for Kaizen tracking as well.

There are a number of reasons that spreadsheets are a particularly bad fit for Kaizen tracking.


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Topics: Kaizen, Software, Continuous Improvement Software

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