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Pro Tips for a Successful Kaizen Event

Posted by Maggie Millard

Jul 17, 2018 12:17:45 PM

Kaizen events are an excellent way to take quick action to tackle a difficult or long-standing problem. When used along with daily incremental improvement, they can lead to positive changes with measurable impact. However, the devil is in the details, and poor execution can lead to confusion and poor decision making, potentially making matters worse than they were in the beginning.

We’ve had the chance to chat with lots of folks who’ve run Kaizen events some with great success, others with a list of lessons learned. Here are there best tips for a Kaizen event that gets results.

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How to Use A3 Thinking in Everyday Life [WEBINAR]

Posted by Clint Corley

Jul 10, 2018 7:54:00 AM

According to continuous improvement practitioner Jess Orr, A3 thinking is like exercise: we know it’s good for us, but sometimes it’s hard to be disciplined. Understanding how to use A3 thinking in our everyday lives is the topic of the webinar Orr recently hosted with KaiNexus. 

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Top Signs that You Need Lean Construction Software

Posted by Matt Banna

Jul 9, 2018 8:46:14 AM

Although the construction industry employs some unique applications of the approach, the principles of Lean are the same as they are in any other industry. The practice is rooted in respect for workers, the elimination of waste, and continuous process improvement, all of which can be practiced without supportive software in place.

However, many in the field have found that Lean construction software can help reduce some of the obstacles that make these principles easier said than done. Have you attempted to implement Lean in your firm, but been disappointed with the results?

Here are the signs that technology just might be the solution.

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Topics: Lean, lean construction

How to Introduce Your Team to Hoshin Kanri

Posted by Clint Corley

Jul 6, 2018 7:42:00 AM

One thing that we like to remind our clients who are implementing the Hoshin Kanri method of strategy deployment is that most of your employees have probably been through strategic planning exercises before.

Even more likely, they’ve probably watched management go through an annual planning drill and then present the scheme to the rest of the organization like Charlton Heston as Moses in The Ten Commandments.

That means that the first order of business needs to be convincing the team that this is an entirely different approach that will have a meaningful impact on how work gets done. For that reason, it is necessary to have a solid plan for introducing Hoshin Kanri to the organization.

Here are a few of the things that we’ve seen work very well.

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Topics: Hoshin Kanri, Strategy Deployment

Best Practices for Standard Work Documentation

Posted by Maggie Millard

Jul 5, 2018 8:11:00 AM

In his book, Standardized Work with TWI: Eliminating Human Errors in Production and Service Processes, Bartosz Misiurek writes, “Standard work is a process where you describe the best way of performing a given operation, improve this way, and train operators on it. As simple as it is to summarize, it is not as easy as it seems to execute.”

We couldn’t agree more. That’s why even though most leaders agree that process standardization is essential for producing quality, predictable results, when you pull back the covers, many organizations do not have standard work documented at all or have poor processes in place for keeping it accurate and up to date. That’s a shame because, without a solid foundation upon which to build and measure, improvement is elusive. We work with companies every day that have been through the process of implementing and socializing standard work. This post contains the best advice for standard work documentation that provides substantial value.

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Topics: Daily Lean Management, Improvement Process, Improvement Methodology

What Sets Lean Organizations Apart?

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Jul 2, 2018 3:37:03 PM

When people think of the Lean business management methodology, they often associate it primarily with waste reduction. The elimination of waste is indeed a significant goal of Lean organizations, and it does become a significant factor in decision making, but attention to waste reduction alone does not make an organization Lean. There are several factors that successful Lean organizations have in common.

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Topics: Lean, Improvement Culture

Idea Management Software’s Place in a Modern Business Culture

Posted by Maggie Millard

Jun 28, 2018 7:56:00 AM

We’ve written quite a bit in this blog about how to build a culture of continuous improvement within an organization. When seeking to do so, it is essential to recognize that each company exists within the broader context of how people live and work today.

What workers want from their employers, especially younger workers, is different than what people looked for and expected twenty years ago. It might not be immediately apparent how technology like idea management software can help bring employees and leadership teams closer together and fulfill the most essential needs of both, but we think it’s worth exploring.

Here are a few reasons that we believe idea management software is right at home in the modern workplace.

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A Deep Dive into A3 Thinking [WEBINAR]

Posted by Matt Banna

Jun 27, 2018 7:23:00 AM

In a recent post on A3 thinking, we outlined the A3 process itself—and concluded with some strategies team members can use to confront leadership resistance.

Today we’re going to explore other setbacks that may come up while conducting an A3. KaiNexus sat down with Jess Orr, continuous improvement practitioner and founder of Yokoten Learning, to discuss the best ways to deal with pressure and lack of buy-in from the team. You can view the full webinar here.

A Deep Dive into A3 Thinking

Presented by Jess Orr

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We will cover topics including:

  • A3 Thinking: A Quick Refresher
  • When to Use an A3 vs. Other Tools
  • How to Engage Others in the Process
  • Change Management 101
  • The Hardest Part: Sustaining the Gains
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8 Ways Software Makes Idea Boards More Effective

Posted by Ryan Rippey

Jun 26, 2018 7:53:00 AM

Idea boards are an essential visual management technique. They help keep improvement work front and center and make it easy for everyone to recognize progress.

However, there are some pretty significant limits to the helpfulness of physical idea boards hanging on a wall.

That’s why we’ve seen a widespread digital transformation that has idea boards transitioning from the wall to the cloud. Idea board software has many advantages over the bulletin board and sticky notes approach.

Here are a few of the most significant benefits.

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Topics: Visual Management

An Overview of A3 Management

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Jun 21, 2018 3:16:56 PM

Whether you’ve read a ton about various business methodologies and the philosophy of continuous improvement, or just a little bit, you can’t be blamed if you’ve started to wonder if Toyota developed every improvement technique.

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Topics: Lean, Improvement Process, Improvement Methodology

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