For making it successful it needs to have a proper support structure of management, resource allocation, training, measurement, incentive system and reward system (Rank, 2010).
Overall the continuous improvement is possible when everyone in the organization is involved in the process and contributes to it. Every employee must be able to adopt and accept the continuous change by which it will be possible for the firm to achieve a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Problem solving is the main driving force behind continuous improvement (Rank, 2010).
To survive in the global business environment, it requires the organization to have the capacity to respond effectively and efficiently to continuous changing and emerging economic and political changes even those that might be very complicated to anticipate. To make strategic changes in response to these challenges, the organization must be flexible enough to adopt such changes. Not only for survival but also for the success of the organization in such competitive environment continuous improvement are required for both business performance and for quality of product (Ncube, & Wasburn, 2008).
The continuous improvement process of an organization requires its management to appreciate and recognize its history of spirited successes and failures. The need assessment need to be integrated well with the continuous improvement process for success. Need assessment will provide the identification of deficiencies between current and desired results. This will identify gaps between capabilities and needs. Here lies the opportunity for the organizations to implement continuous improvement concept to fulfill the gaps and attain the expected desired outcome. The current performance can be compared to the previous standard and opportunity can be identified to make improvements (Ncube, & Wasburn, 2008).
PDCA is a continuous improvement tool