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.