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Improvement Software Buyer's Cheat Sheet

Posted by Brianna Hudock

Mar 8, 2021 1:29:23 PM

We are fortunate to have the opportunity to talk to many people interested in implementing a software solution to help them amplify their continuous improvement efforts. Most of the time, they have never looked for such technology before, and they are not exactly sure how to get the rest of the organization on board with the approach. To help you overcome the most common challenges, we've put together this guide with tips on how to justify, evaluate, and implement a solution. 

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Topics: Software, Continuous Improvement Software, ROI

What Types of Organizations Need Improvement Software?

Posted by Adam Darnell

Jan 5, 2021 10:49:54 AM

We are often asked, “What types of businesses need continuous improvement software?” Our typical answer is that businesses in every industry, including manufacturing, healthcare, construction, financial services, engineering, and even higher education, benefit from improvement management software. That is the case, but the industry labels are only one element of what drives organizations to embrace improvement technology. The need for improvement is industry agnostic, but certain business conditions are signs software support can have an enormous impact.

Improvement software should be high on your list of initiatives to consider if you recognize any of the following:

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Topics: Software, Continuous Improvement Software, Lean Software

10 Questions to Ask Before Buying Improvement Management Software

Posted by Danielle Yoon

Sep 21, 2020 1:13:30 PM

Evaluating software for any purpose is a difficult task. You need to think about the technical infrastructure, user experience, features, implementation, and support. Choosing the right improvement management software comes with its own unique challenges. Most people have never evaluated or even used this type of software before. Another challenge is that many products claim to be fit for this purpose but really aren’t. If you are looking at software to support your continuous improvement efforts, good for you! Here are some questions that will help you frame your evaluation and choose a solution that will be a tremendous asset.

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Topics: Innovation Software, Software, Continuous Improvement Software

Essential Features of Kaizen Software

Posted by Kade Jansson

Jul 20, 2020 4:09:38 PM

Most people don't have much experience evaluating Kaizen software solutions, so you are not alone if you are at a loss about what to look for. Kaizen software can help bring your organization together around improvement work. It can accelerate the pace of good change and demonstrate the impact of the team's efforts. But there is a wide range of solutions available, some more helpful than others. Over the years, our clients have helped us build this list of essential features. It should prove useful during your search.

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Topics: Kaizen, Software, Continuous Improvement Software, Lean Software

How to Choose an Improvement Platform

Posted by Danielle Yoon

Jun 2, 2020 1:24:12 PM

The selection process for any type of software can be challenging to navigate. You’ve got to find out what’s available, narrow down your choices, and dig in on the vendor and product. If you’re looking for an improvement platform, the task can be especially daunting because so much is riding on it. You certainly don’t want to start your organization’s journey toward continuous improvement with a technology failure.

This post will help. First, we’ll outline the vendor qualifications, and then we’ll dig into the key features you’ll want to consider.

 

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Topics: Innovation Software, Change Management Software, Software, Continuous Improvement Software, Lean Software

What is A3 Software and How Can it Aid Problem-Solving?

Posted by Adam Darnell

May 18, 2020 12:49:02 PM

The A3 problem-solving technique, originally developed as part of the Toyota Production System, gets its name from the size of paper that early adopters used to document their work. (A3 is a European paper size that's about the same as 11 x 17-inch tabloid-sized paper used in America.) While the approach started with a piece of paper, technology has been developed to make it easier and more effective. With A3 software, teams solve problems faster, calculate the impact of improvement, and learn from prior projects. 

While it originated in the manufacturing sector, A3 problem-solving is now widely used in almost every industry. It is flexible enough to be customized for your specific business. 

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Topics: Software, Lean Software

Quality Improvement Software Feature Checklist

Posted by Brianna Hudock

Mar 30, 2020 4:59:53 PM

Of all the decisions that business leaders make, the choice to embrace continuous improvement is probably the easiest. After all, who doesn’t want their employees to be engaged in daily positive change?

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Topics: Software, Quality, Continuous Improvement Software

Does Your Organization Need Employee Engagement Software?

Posted by Jake Sussman

Nov 20, 2019 2:31:00 PM

Employee engagement has become a hot topic lately. There’s a good reason for that. According to Gallup, organizations with fully engaged employees are 17 percent more productive and 21 percent more profitable. That’s the good news. The bad news is that only 33% of US employees are engaged in their jobs. Leaders are starting to recognize that enormous opportunity for improvement and do something about it.

One solution that is gaining traction is employee engagement software. It is designed to get people involved in improving the processes they operate and align individual goals to the strategic objectives. When people develop a more profound sense of purpose and realize how their work fits into the bigger picture, they become more emotionally invested in outcomes and willing to engage in voluntary efforts that go beyond the tasks outlined in their job description.

Could such a solution benefit your organization? You might need employee engagement software if …

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Software

10 Questions to Ask Before Buying Quality Improvement Software

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Nov 11, 2019 9:32:00 AM

If you’ve made the decision to invest in quality improvement software, it’s a smart one. Giving your team a platform to collect, manage, and measure opportunities for improvement is a brilliant way to keep people engaged and get better results. But we know that it is a big step and evaluating software isn’t easy. You need to think about the features, the technical infrastructure, implementation, and support.

Most people don’t evaluate quality improvement technology very often so it’s not surprising if you’re not sure where to start. To help, we’ve put together ten critical questions to ask any vendor you evaluate.

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Topics: Innovation Software, Software, Continuous Improvement Software, Lean Software

Should You be Using Excel to Track Continuous Improvement?

Posted by Maggie Millard

Nov 7, 2019 9:21:55 AM

If you are still tracking your continuous improvement activities in Excel or Google Sheets, we understand. Spreadsheets are an attractive way to do it because you already have them. Most people know how to use them (the essential functions, at least), they’re infinitely customizable, they always do the math right, and rows and columns are an intuitive way to organize things. (Did you know that lists are the most common use of Excel?)

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Topics: Software, Continuous Improvement Software

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