How Improvement Software Makes Hoshin Kanri More Effective

How Improvement Software Makes Hoshin Kanri More Effective

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How Improvement Software Makes Hoshin Kanri More Effective

Hoshin Kanri is a Lean management technique for getting strategy, tactics, and improvement efforts in sync across the entire organization. It is translated as “strategy deployment” or “management compass.” The goal is to ensure that every individual from the front-line team to the C-suite understands the organization’s most important goals and works to achieve them through continuous improvement work on small projects and major priorities alike. The Hoshin Kanri methodology helps everyone keep their eye on the long-term strategic objectives, while still reaching short-term goals and tactically managing the day-to-day needs of the organization.

Communication and organization are the keys to the success of Hoshin Kanri because managing long-term strategy, short-term goals, and daily improvement activities can be a huge challenge, especially if you have many people involved in the effort. For years, organizations have relied on tools such as complicated spreadsheets, email threads, file sharing systems, and even paper boards to track and manage the strategy, but these passive systems often fail to provide the support necessary to make lasting progress. They are time-consuming, rarely kept up-to-date, and ineffective at driving activity.

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Organizations that have been successful in their Hoshin Kanri efforts have realized that purpose built improvement software can make all the difference.

Posted: June 28, 2017, 11:13 am

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