Correcting and preventing problems are two of the most important things that any organization can do. That’s the driving force behind the increasing interest in CAPA (Corrective Action/Preventative Action) software. If you’ve decided to invest in technology to support your improvement efforts, you have many options. This post will give you some guidance on what to look for and how to get your implementation off to a fantastic start.
Jun 5, 2018 12:01:49 PM
Mar 21, 2018 10:02:00 AM
Organizations implement technology to support Kaizen for a number of reasons. It provides structure for improvement, allows for active management of projects, forms a repository of knowledge, gives leaders insight into the health of Kaizen, and allows for tracking of results.
People who try to manage Kaizen work in spreadsheets quickly find that they lack the interactive capabilities necessary to spread and sustain improvement.
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Jan 15, 2018 12:08:44 PM
In 1986, Masaaki Imai founded the Kaizen Institute Consulting Group (KICG) to help western companies to introduce the concepts, systems, and tools of Kaizen. That year, in Japan he also published the book “Kaizen: Japanese spirit of improvement," which helped to popularize the Kaizen concept in the United States. He believed that “The message of the Kaizen strategy is that not a day should go by without some kind of improvement being made somewhere in the company.”
Most leaders would likely agree with that sentiment, but it is certainly easier said than done. In order to achieve daily improvement, there must be a structure for both supporting and measuring it. Without visibility into the work of Kaizen, leaders can’t say whether daily improvement is happening, nor can they take action to accelerate the pace of positive change. Fortunately, Kaizen software provides this insight and offers other significant advantages as well.
Mar 22, 2017 11:07:36 AM
Selling up can be tough. If you believe that your organization could benefit from Kaizen software, but your boss (or whoever has to approve the investment) hasn’t quite arrived at that conclusion, you are in a frustrating spot. We’d like to help. We spend a lot of time talking to customers about where they find the most value in Kaizen software and they’ve made a pretty compelling case for applying a technology solution to the challenge of improvement. Here’s what they’ve told us about how they have benefited.
Maybe one or more of these reasons will push your team over the tipping point.
Jan 16, 2017 11:12:45 AM
When I sat down to write about sustaining innovations, the word that popped into my mind was “entropy.” While entropy is a scientific term related to the degradation of the matter and energy in the universe to an ultimate state of inert uniformity, it is also used to refer to a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder. Entropy is a very real thing in organizations. Practices are implemented and improvements deployed, yet over time, things seem to revert to the way they were always done. The results of change are short-lived and fleeting. It is almost worse to have put the effort and resources into making improvements that don’t last than it is to have never improved at all. Fortunately, entropy is not inevitable. It can be avoided with a few key measures.
Topics: Innovation Software
Jan 11, 2017 8:40:00 AM
Once organizations realize the value of daily continuous improvement and learn to leverage employee ideas for innovation, they often turn their focus to how to accelerate the pace of improvement.
There are many ways that teams can get the most out of their improvement efforts. Workflow software is one tool that helps companies manage more improvement projects at the same time and pave a faster path to tangible results.
Dec 29, 2016 7:24:00 AM
One of the many things we love about this time of year is the opportunity to reflect back on what we’ve accomplished (or survived) over the past twelve months. It’s also a great moment to set the stage for success in the year to come. If you practice the Lean management approach or plan to do so in 2017, one way to ensure that you get the most out of your improvement and waste reduction efforts is to invest in Lean software. Doing so gives you a number of advantages that will amplify your results and ease the path to achieving your most important goals. Here are some of them.
Nov 29, 2016 7:53:00 AM
As organizations seek to bring more structure to efforts to improve both products and processes, many are turning to innovation management software. While it may seem like innovation management is something that belongs only in the technology sector, the approach has wide appeal and a number of potential benefits.
TechTarget describes innovation management software this way, “Innovation management software enables the digital management of enterprise innovation, starting from the generation of ideas developed by internal and external sources through multiple stages of evaluation to the selection of top ideas destined for implementation. As such, this class of software offers content and collaboration functionalities as well as basic idea management capabilities. Innovation management software also includes idea submission, idea evaluation, workflow, campaign management, rewards and recognition, analytics and visualization, brainstorming tools and project management capabilities.”
Sep 28, 2016 7:27:00 AM
We frequently get the opportunity to chat with organizations that are considering rolling out a Kaizen management system. Some are in the early stages of introducing the concept of Kaizen, while others are incremental improvement veterans. One question that most of them share is, “What are the advantages of using software to support our Kaizen efforts?”
We’re always glad when people ask because the answer is a good one.
Here are 6 of the reasons that investing in Kaizen management technology makes sense.
May 13, 2016 7:30:00 AM
Here’s an interesting question. What keeps improvement from happening organically? Why is an improvement culture something that we have to work to attain? After all, who doesn’t want to work in a more efficient organization with high-quality products and outstanding business results? Shouldn’t companies naturally progress toward perfection?
In reality, it’s not that easy. There are inherent barriers that get in the way of improvement, especially for front line employees. Fortunately for companies that strive to embrace positive change, Kaizen software can help overcome some common obstacles to improvement.