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How Kaizen Software Supports Every Stage of the Improvement Journey

Posted by Jeff Roussel

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Apr 27, 2016 7:30:00 AM

growth_2.jpgBy definition, there is no end to the continuous improvement journey. There is no destination that you are trying to reach because there will always be room for positive change. But although the road continues long past the horizon, there are a few milestones along the way that mark the progress of your organization toward a fully developed improvement culture. Kaizen software can provide valuable support regardless of where you are on the path.

Start

If you are just beginning to introduce the idea of Kaizen in your organization, you have a special opportunity to get things started on the right foot.

Kaizen software is designed to bring structure and standardization to your improvement efforts. With everyone on the same page from the beginning, you can establish a common language and workflow for improvement work.

The best solutions give leaders the insight to see what is working well, and what isn’t, so that changes can be made on the fly right from the outset.

Another advantage is the support for cross-functional collaboration. Old boundaries can be broken down so that everyone can easily work together to get a few quick wins that will establish momentum.

 

Spread

Every person in the organization can contribute to improvement by identifying opportunities and working on projects. To get the most out of the ideas and talent of your team, it is important that everyone be empowered and engaged in improvement.

Kaizen software makes it easy for everyone to get involved by entering improvement opportunities from any device they choose. Teams can easily work together even if not everyone works from the same location.

In addition, with one central repository for all improvement work, leaders can ensure that individual goals and improvement targets are aligned to the overall strategic priorities.

 

Sustain

Unlike static spreadsheets, Kaizen technology is interactive with alerts and notifications to bring people back to the improvement portal so that momentum is sustained. Dashboards and reports enable managers and leaders to spot roadblocks and work to remove them before people get discouraged and give up. Impact reporting highlights the value of improvement work to executives and front line workers alike.

Another significant advantage of Kaizen software is that it serves as a repository for the collective wisdom of the organization. Everyone can see what has worked well before and replicate those efforts.

Regardless of where you are in your improvement journey, Kaizen software has important advantages to offer. Investing in a solution to support improvement efforts demonstrates leadership’s dedication to Kaizen.

As Dr. Steve Maraboli, bestselling author and behavioral science academic, has written, “To embark on our journey toward your goals and dreams requires bravery. To remain on the path requires courage. The bridge that merges the two is commitment.”

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Topics: Kaizen, Software

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