Kaizen methodology emphasizes the importance of continuous improvement rather than major changes. Employees (in all departments – not just production!) should be encouraged to share improvement suggestions regularly. eKaizen provides barrier-free tools for idea submission and tracking – via mobile phone, computer or even a touchscreen kiosk.
Elimination of waste
The main goal of kaizen is elimination of waste. eKaizen helps you streamline the process of managing improvement ideas and projects, reducing the lead time and increasing the number of successful changes. Another benefit? Employees like working with the platform (thanks to the ease of use and transparency), which means they might want to engage more and identify more wasteful processes.
As part of kaizen initiatives, processes should be standardized. This is exactly what eKaizen helps you with. The platform serves as a library of all implemented projects, meaning anyone can search for already existing solutions. You can also tag projects as “best practices” and deploy them as company standard. What goes without saying is that eKaizen allows you to standardize the management of improvement projects – and not just in your plant but even at a corporate level.
Go to gemba
Gemba is where it all happens – and where you can find a lot of potential for improvement. Let employees share their ideas right from gemba (from mobile phones or kiosks). Have efficient team meetings using eKaizen gemba board – filter out just the improvement projects you are interested in. Evaluate suggestions, discuss what needs to be done, assign tasks – work together as a team!
Collaboration & project management
Kaizen encourages the involvement of employees from various departments and levels within an organization. eKaizen enables collaboration of such teams through features such as task management, communication and personalized dashboards for KPI tracking. Successful projects and teams can be showcased on public displays and inspire others to become part of continuous improvement.
Respect & recognition
Make sure your employees know their voices matter! Use posters with QR codes that make submission as easy as possible. Send updates about ideas to their authors – well, let eKaizen do that for you. Reward people for their suggestions – it’s up to you how you want to do it, eKaizen will help you manage that. Promote successful projects on public displays; showcase kaizen heroes. Foster a culture of continuous improvement with eKaizen!
The use of visual tools, such as charts, graphs, and kanban boards, helps make processes and problems more visible. eKaizen makes sure you have the right data at hand on personalized dashboards.