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A Pro Tip for Getting More Out of Your Investment in Lean Consultants

Posted by Matt Banna

Dec 12, 2017 8:23:00 AM

When starting a new project or initiative, it's helpful to call an expert. Sports coaches, tutors, and even chefs, offer their services to both beginners and experts to help guide and lead them to success.

One thing that great coaches do is talk about the right tools. A baseball coach can’t teach batters how to hit with a shoddy bat and a chef can’t be effective with a cheap knife.

The same goes for improvement coaches and consultants. Consultants are brought in for help because they provide the knowledge and skills to create, spread, and maintain a culture of continuous improvement. Lean coaches accomplish these goals in a variety of ways, often teaching problem solving techniques, sourcing ideas, and promoting open dialogues.

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What to do After a Kaizen Event so Improvement Doesn’t End

Posted by Mark Graban

Dec 11, 2017 6:58:00 AM

I think we’ve all heard stories about “backsliding” or a lack of sustainment after formal Kaizen Events. When we plan and conduct a Kaizen Event (aka Rapid Improvement Event), it’s a significant investment in people’s time. Organizations need to do their best to ensure that benefits are realized and sustained, otherwise the Kaizen Event might be wasted effort and that might derail our broader Lean transformation efforts.

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Yes, You Can Improve Without Kaizen Software. But Why Would You Want To?

Posted by Matt Banna

Dec 8, 2017 7:15:00 AM

We are occasionally asked if it is possible to implement Kaizen without using software .

The answer is yes.

It is possible to adopt a continuous improvement mindset, embrace the belief that positive change is everyone’s responsibility, and execute improvement projects all without a dedicated solution to support the effort. Heck, Toyota did it before email was a thing.

However, we can say with confidence that organizations that do choose to leverage a Kaizen software solution see more impactful improvements in a shorter period of time. They are able to manage more projects and capture more opportunities.

This post is about how and why.

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Topics: Kaizen, Continuous Improvement Software

How to Give a Knock-Out Presentation So Your Boss Will Get You KaiNexus

Posted by Clint Corley

Dec 6, 2017 7:02:00 AM

Do you remember the last time you were injured? Like, physically injured? What about the last time one of your kids or siblings got hurt? What did you do? Did you wait a few days to see if the injury went away? Did you fight away the tears and walk around on your freshly-sprained ankle? Did you continue to write with a broken index finger?

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Webinar Preview: The 4 Components of an Employee-Led Lean Initiative

Posted by Mark Graban

Dec 5, 2017 2:07:19 PM

We’ve had a great year full of interesting webinars this year and the same is true for our final presenters of the year. They are Benny Ausmus, CEO and Lead Facilitator of the BIG Change Agency, and Simon Murray, the leader of their manufacturing practice.

They’ll be presenting a webinar on Thursday, December 7  from 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET. It’s two hours later than our usual webinar time because Benny and Simon will be joining us from Australia, where it will be early Friday morning.

Their topic is “The 4 Components of an Employee-Led Lean Initiative” and you can register here.

They joined me recently for this podcast preview of the webinar, which you can listen to here:

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5 Strategy Deployment Software Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Maggie Millard

Dec 4, 2017 12:20:25 PM

If you have implemented - or are planning to implement - strategy deployment software, let me take a minute to congratulate you. Too many organizations leave what is arguably the most important function of the organization without support. Pat yourself on the back for recognizing that if software helps you manage everything from your finances to your customer relationships, it can help manage the strategic direction of the company as well. That said, not all strategy deployment software implementations are equally effective. We’ve seen leaders with their hearts in the right place make tactical mistakes that diminish - or even eliminate - the value of strategy deployment software. Don’t let these missteps happen to you.

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Topics: Software, Continuous Improvement Software, Hoshin Kanri, Strategy Deployment

Rolling Out Hoshin Kanri in 2018? Here Are Our Top Tips.

Posted by Greg Jacobson

Nov 29, 2017 7:19:00 AM

Hoshin Kanri is a powerful strategic planning tool because it helps align the organization top to bottom around breakthrough objectives. It lets leaders take the long view with a three to five-year plan, but addresses the need to have short-term goals as well. Our clients that use the approach find that it makes decision making easier and speeds the way to consensus. Here are a few best practices that they have uncovered along the way.

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Topics: Hoshin Kanri, Strategy Deployment

Frequently Asked Questions About A3 Software

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Nov 27, 2017 11:59:03 AM

A3 software may seem like something of an oxymoron. After all, the A3 technique gets its name from the size of paper early practitioners used to document the problem-solving methodology. (A European paper size that is roughly equivalent to an American 11-inch by 17-inch tabloid-sized paper.) But we’ve come a long way since the A3 technique was first invented. Now there are software solutions designed to support the A3 process, making it even more useful and resulting in lasting results. It is a subject that comes up quite a bit in our conversations with folks interested in finding the most efficient ways to structure continuous improvement. Here are some of the questions they ask us most often.

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Topics: Lean, Continuous Improvement Software

Want to Get More Out of Rapid Improvement Events? Click Here.

Posted by Ryan Rippey

Nov 27, 2017 10:25:24 AM

Rapid improvement events are a popular continuous improvement approach with for good reasons. By focusing all of your team’s firepower on one challenge or opportunity for a few days, you dramatically speed the pace of change and increase the chances of successful collaboration and broad agreement on the right actions to take.

But not every rapid improvement event is a resounding success. In fact, if not properly executed they can cause more harm than good.

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Topics: Lean, Continuous Improvement Software

The Ultimate Kaizen Software Checklist

Posted by Kade Jansson

Nov 24, 2017 7:07:00 AM

Kaizen software

If you are considering investing in Kaizen software, congratulations! It has the potential to bring your team together around improvement, accelerate the pace of positive change, and demonstrate the power of improvement work. But not all solutions are created equally. Some Kaizen software has limited functionality and some project management solutions try to pass themselves off as improvement technology. But don’t worry. We’ve assembled a master list of what you should look for when evaluating Kaizen software.

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