During a discussion with several of our improvement partners, it was noted that approximately 80% of the time Continuous Improvement efforts fail or are abandoned prior to achieving their potential.
We also discussed a set of barriers that could lead to failure, which included:
- Low aim, poor advance planning or scoping
- Lack of data during the planning stage
- Lack of buy-in from management
- Lack of buy-in from participants
- Lack of management support, which is required to free up the resources to work on improvement
- Lack of progress due to ineffective or inconsistent execution. The slower the effort moves, the more likely it becomes that priorities will change, new opportunities or problems arise that decrease available resources further.
- Poor meeting management, causing slower progress.
- Participants need for skill development
A number of solutions to the above-listed challenges were also discussed, which will be the subject of our next post.