The world’s most successful organizations are relentless in their quest for flawless processes and perfect execution. The ability to reliably produce quality outcomes with minimal waste is elusive but achievable with the right leadership and attention. That’s why many organizations turn to proven process improvement methodologies and techniques.
Jun 2, 2021 11:14:50 AM
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The A3 problem-solving methodology was first used by Toyota in the 1960s and later embraced by proponents of Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, Lean, and other systematic approaches to continuous improvement. "A3" references a European paper size that is about the same size as an American 11-inch by 17-inch tabloid-sized paper. Using the A3 process, teams create a one-page improvement project report. By limiting the report to one page, teams are forced to be concise and thoughtful about including only relevant information needed to solve problems.
Because our solution supports the A3 technique, and problem-solving and continuous improvement go hand in hand, we are often asked for tips on how to deploy it. Here are three steps to success.
Mar 2, 2021 10:29:00 PM
Continuous improvement has long been an important goal in manufacturing. Some organizations leverage structured business management methodologies such as Lean or Six Sigma, while others use a less formal approach. Either way, the goal is to maximize resources, reduce cost, and deliver quality products on time. Many organizations have turned to improvement management software to help remove the friction from positive change to achieve these critical objectives. If you are considering technology to accelerate your progress, this post will help.
Dec 21, 2020 11:41:28 AM
By the time an organization invests in software technology to support continuous improvement, they've usually embraced the idea that improvement should be a daily activity practiced by everyone in the organization. They realize that the people closest to the production of value for the customer are the ones who are in the best position to identify and resolve problems.
But not all improvement software rollouts are successful. You can pick the best technology platform on the planet, but it is useless if people won't use it. Often managers are focused on the training aspects of a new software implementation, and rightly so, but user adoption should be a parallel concern. Here are ten things you can do to get your team fully on board with your new improvement management solution.
Nov 20, 2020 11:00:00 AM
Imagine going on a family road trip but not bringing your family. Do some people stay behind so they can experience the trip through the photos you send them? I’m willing to bet that more often than not, you bring the whole family. After all, it’s a lot more fun for you - and for them - to share in the joy together!
The same concept applies to continuous improvement and why everyone needs to be a part of the improvement system.
When you’re on the hunt for a platform that can facilitate your improvement culture, it can be tempting to limit the rollout to a handful of improvement experts and managers rather than engaging the masses. Whether you’re making this choice to save money, to keep things simple, or because you don’t think everyone will engage anyway, it’s a mistake to leave people behind.
Here are a few reasons why you don’t want to go down that route:
Jul 21, 2020 10:30:00 AM
People react very positively to the concept of continuous improvement. They are a little less enthusiastic when it is framed as constant change. But, of course, improvement requires change. Our clients who’ve done it successfully have shared their best ideas for how to get there.
Acknowledge that Most People Don’t Like Change
People balk at trying new things for several reasons, including risk adversity. It’s much easier to keep doing the same thing and getting the same results than to experiment with something that might fail. It pays to acknowledge this and let everyone know that it’s all right to try something that doesn’t ultimately work. It’s the constant learning and experimentation that will eventually lead to better processes and outcomes.
May 19, 2020 10:00:00 AM
When most people evaluate improvement management software, they focus on the features of the solution, the support they will get from the provider, and the technical details such as security and reliability. Those are all critically important considerations, but none of it means anything if the employees don’t use the solution.
Some interaction with the system can be enforced with policies and performance reviews. The optimal approach is to implement a solution in such a way the employees want to engage. When people get value out of a software system, they are far more likely to put effort into it. Here are the ways our customers have made that happen.
Apr 29, 2020 10:00:00 AM
Most people don’t purchase quality improvement software solutions very often. So if you are in the market for a way to support your QI efforts, but you’re not sure where to begin, you are not alone. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place.
This post will detail all of the features that you should expect to find in a quality improvement platform. Not all of them will be essential for your current needs, but if you select a solution that covers all the bases, you’ll be in great shape as your organization changes over time.
Mar 13, 2020 10:00:00 AM
When we chat with people about making the switch to digital continuous improvement, many of the benefits are immediately apparent. People know that using software with workflow capabilities to manage projects is a much better option than using spreadsheets and email. They sense that having a platform designed for the purpose will streamline work and get individual projects across the finish line more often.
Dec 13, 2019 10:36:22 AM
The generation now entering the workforce will never use a payphone, never write a check, never get off the couch to turn the channel, and never look up movie times in the newspaper. Things that all seemed normal and permanent to those of us over 40 are simply not things anymore. The digital age is upon us, and we can make calls from anywhere, send money with a click, click through hundreds of channels, and buy movie tickets with an app. Change isn’t always easy, but for those who embrace them, new ways of doing things make us more efficient, better connected, and more flexible.
This is true for organizations as well. Modern technology continues to advance and offer organizations more efficient, scalable, and effective ways of doing things. Core business functions still exist. The sales, HR, R&D, production, accounting, and logistics functions continue to be essential, but now they are assisted with software and other technology that aids performance. Likewise, a new digital continuous improvement approach has emerged and been embraced by successful organizations in every sector.