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Lisa Hanna

I first recognized the importance of CE after spending a few short weeks in my first role on a Customer Success team. I could immediately see the value that customers received from interactions with their account manager. Having a CE team in a SaaS company, at this point, is basically a necessity, as it serves as one of the main drivers of customer happiness, product adoption, and brand reputation. The way I see it, CE serves as the 'face' of the company, and if we want customers to love a brand, we have to make it personal.
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What it Takes to Achieve Operational Excellence

Posted by Lisa Hanna

Feb 12, 2019 8:17:00 AM

No executive in the world would turn down operational excellence if you handed it to them on a platter even if they don’t exactly know what it is. It just sounds like something awesome. But operational excellence isn’t like an hors d'oeuvre you can pluck off a tray. In order to be achieved, it must be clearly understood, injected into the culture, and supported with a methodology to guide decisions. The principles of excellence must become ingrained in everyday activities. Getting there isn’t easy, but it is operationally excellent companies that can achieve rapid growth and sustain a leading market position.

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Topics: Operational Excellence, Lean, Strategy Deployment, Improvement Culture

Common Questions About the Hoshin Kanri X-Matrix

Posted by Lisa Hanna

Jan 23, 2019 8:11:00 AM

Strategy deployment is arguably the most crucial responsibility of business executives. Setting the direction for the organization and making the day-to-day decisions that drive the organization closer to “True North,” is what leadership is all about. But it’s not easy. There are a lot of other concerns that compete for resource and attention. It is easy to lose sight of long-term goals in the face of day-to-day events.

Hoshin Kanri is a popular remedy for the challenge. It is a method for bridging the gap between strategy and execution. By laying out the strategic objectives of the organization and cascading goals down through every level, the organization has aligned priorities, and everyone moves in the same direction. Everyday process improvement is coordinated with the strategy and decision making improves.

A favorite way to visualize Hoshin Kanri is an X-matrix. Since we added the ability to manage X-matrices in KaiNexus, we’ve received many questions about the technique. Here are the answers.

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Topics: Strategy Deployment, Hoshin Kanri, Continuous Improvement Software

A Gemba Walk Checklist for Lean Leaders

Posted by Lisa Hanna

Aug 15, 2018 8:10:00 AM

Most leaders dedicated to continuous improvement focus on performance indicators that can be measured and rightly so. We look at cost, production speed, error rates, customer satisfaction scores, and other quantifiable business metrics to identify opportunities for improvement and to assess the impact of any changes that we implement. However, there are some things that can’t be measured – process problems or improvement opportunities that you have to see with your own eyes to understand. For those, there are Gemba Walks.

Gemba means “the real place” in Japanese. During a Gemba walk, the leader goes to the place where work is performed to gain first-hand insight into the target process. Unlike the practice of Management By Walking Around, Gemba walks are structured and performed with intention.

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Topics: Gemba Walk

Using Hoshin Kanri to Align & Coordinate Lean Strategy [WEBINAR]

Posted by Lisa Hanna

Jul 27, 2018 8:11:00 AM

Also known as “strategy deployment,” Hoshin Kanri aligns an organization’s functions and activities within its strategic objectives. The collaborative learning method and resource development system allows organizations to leverage their scarce resources.

KaiNexus sat down with Craig Vercruysse and Joanna Omi—Partner and Consulting Director, respectively, at Moss Adams—to discuss how they’ve used Hoshin to get their clients aligned and help fuel their performance. You can view the full webinar here. 

 

Using Hoshin Kanri to Align and Coordinate Your Lean Strategy

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How the Hoshin practice evolves over time
  • When to use an X-Matrix vs. an A3 
  • The relationship between visual management and Hoshin Kanri
  • The relationship between developing people and the must-do, can’t fail few Hoshins

 

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