What would happen if you decided that you didn't need to pay a contractor to build your house, or a dentist to fill your cavities? What about if you decided that you could remove your own tonsils, or install your own brakes? Of course, you're not likely to do any of those things; most people are perfectly happy to pay professionals to do what they do well, so that we can focus on what we do well. Why should continuous improvement software be any different?
Companies doing continuous improvement today commonly hobble along using an amalgamation of tools in an attempt to capture, implement, measure, and share improvement ideas. It's not long, though, before those systems get out of control, and people can't keep up with the work. That's when the rates of implementing new ideas, engaging employees, and capturing opportunities for improvement drops. To solve that problem, some organizations go so far as to try to develop their own continuous improvement software internally.
To that, we say:
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