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Allan Wilson

Allan is the Chairman of the Advisory Board at KaiNexus. He is an entrepreneur with deep experience in supply chain, lean manufacturing, asset management, condition-based maintenance, enterprise software, and the Internet of things.
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Build vs. Buy: Should You Buy Software or Develop It Internally?

Posted by Allan Wilson

Aug 6, 2020 3:50:04 PM

For many years, leaders have questioned whether it is better to make or buy software solutions for the many business problems they face. Pros and cons are weighed to figure out what is going to be most cost-effective and efficient for the business. It's important to remember that accurately estimating the long-term consequences of this decision can be difficult. This often leaves those on the front lines struggling to pick up the slack.

The pace of technology innovation is accelerating at an exponential rate, making it difficult for the average internal IT group to cope with this pace of change. The struggle commonly lies in the fact that they not only have to create the software internally, but they must also maintain and upgrade it indefinitely.

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Topics: Software

4 Strategies to Improve Cross Functional Collaboration

Posted by Allan Wilson

Feb 18, 2020 11:36:21 AM

Many business leaders see cross functional collaboration as the key to innovation and optimal business performance. Almost everyone agrees that it's good to have more cross functional collaboration, but not every business has devoted the effort to creating conditions that are likely to result in more of it. If you find yourself in this position, here are a few simple strategies that can help set the stage for a more cohesive relationship between various parts of the organization.

 

Involve Influencers

In most organizations, there are a number of individuals who are natural connectors. To borrow a word from junior high, these employees are “popular.” They are the perfect individuals to involve in your cross functional collaboration efforts because it likely comes naturally to them, and because where they go, others will follow. If you are creating a cross-functional team to solve a particular problem, for example, be sure to include one or more influencers.

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Topics: Collaboration

5 Continuous Improvement Metrics That Your CEO Actually Cares About

Posted by Allan Wilson

Feb 17, 2015 11:11:00 AM

A lot of people think of the CEO as the top of the ladder, accountable to no one. But just like the rest of us, a CEO has a management group to whom he or she reports. That management group could be a board of directors, or an investment group - or in some cases, a combination of both.

What do CEOs care about?

A CEO is primarily measured on their ability to increase shareholder value (the value of the business in the general marketplace).  So what matters to a CEO? Ultimately, anything that will impact shareholder value.

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Topics: Leadership

Continuous Improvement Leadership: 5 Things CEOs Can Learn from Chefs

Posted by Allan Wilson

Feb 5, 2015 1:27:00 PM

I have always been interested in cooking. A few years ago, my wife convinced me to take a year-long professional cooking course.  I learned and incredible amount about cooking, of course, but I also surprisingly learned almost as much about continuous improvement and lean processes.

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Topics: Leadership

When Continuous Improvement Leadership Should Use Bottom Up Management

Posted by Allan Wilson

Jan 22, 2015 3:01:00 PM

One thing that business and healthcare continuous improvement leadership have to contend with, in many ways, is balance. For example, manufacturers try to strike a balance between having just enough inventory to meet customer needs without having too much inventory that would possibly become obsolete. Healthcare leaders can't waste money on overstaffing, but don't want patients to wait too long, either.

We need to find balance, also, in when we employ “top-down” management practices and when we encourage “bottom-up” ideas or decisions… or sometimes we can do both at the same time.

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Topics: Leadership

Tired Of Traditional Software? Try Continuous Improvement SaaS

Posted by Allan Wilson

Jan 20, 2015 6:45:00 AM

Many healthcare organizations that are considering KaiNexus have scars and battle wounds from their past experiences with software. We often have to educate them about how a system like KaiNexus, described as “Software as a Service” or SaaS, is different.

In past years, they’ve implemented Electronic Medical Record systems in addition to ERP systems that help manage payroll, inventory, and financials. These systems have a lot of functionality and they’re mission critical, but there’s a huge amount of time and cost involved in getting them up and running… and in upgrading and maintaining these systems over time.

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Topics: Software

Step 1 To Engaging Your CEO in Continuous Improvement: Stop Whining

Posted by Allan Wilson

Jan 15, 2015 2:32:00 PM

So you’re in a continuous improvement role in your company.  Your job might be in process improvement or lean or some other related role.  You are a believer, and you are totally convinced that your company needs to adopt a culture of sustained improvement.  So how do you make this happen?

The first thing you do is stop whining!  

I have been in continuous improvement roles most of my working life and belong to many industry groups that focus on lean and continuous improvement. The whining is deafening!  

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Topics: Leadership

6 Habits of Highly Successful Continuous Improvement Leadership

Posted by Allan Wilson

Jan 8, 2015 2:01:00 PM

The ability to successfully work with employees to create a culture of continuous improvement is a skill in high demand these days, as more organizations are turning to methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma, and Kaizen to improve business processes and develop people. Leaders who are able to engage their staff at all stages of the continuous improvement process, from identifying opportunities for improvement to testing and evaluating solutions, see improved metrics in the areas of quality, safety, satisfaction, and the bottom line.

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When Is The Right Time For Business Process Improvement?

Posted by Allan Wilson

Dec 5, 2014 8:07:00 AM

Let’s face it, change is inevitable. To succeed in the business world today, we must accept this and try our best to prepare. The rate of change is accelerating, due in part to the incredible advances in information technology. How can we focus on the right priorities, the right moves on the chessboard to ensure that we stay relevant and competitive?  As a CEO, I think about this every day.

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Topics: Daily Improvement, Leadership

5 Reasons to Consider Innovation Management Software

Posted by Allan Wilson

Nov 28, 2014 8:11:00 AM

The Wall Street Journal has ranked Gary Hamel as the world’s most influential business thinker. What does he think about? Innovation. “Most of us understand that innovation is enormously important,” he said. “It's the only insurance against irrelevance. It's the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty. It's the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy.” Many business leaders agree with Hamel and stress the importance of innovation, but only a small number back it up by deploying supporting tools such as innovation management software. Here are a few reasons why technology designed to foster and accelerate innovation might be worth your consideration.

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Topics: Innovation Software, Change Management Software

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