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Ryan Confer

As the VP of Customer Experience for KaiNexus, Ryan helps our new and existing clients deploy KaiNexus in their organizations to track and manage their continuous improvement activities. Ryan brings nine years of entrepreneurial experience in a variety of entities including, an early-stage technology investment fund, a non-profit commercialization foundation, an automotive design agency, and a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. His diverse range of experience in start-up technology environments instilled a principle that drives his objectives: that continuous improvement is a fundamental driver of innovation and adaptability. It is this tenet that drew him to KaiNexus. Ryan holds a BSBA in Finance and Legal Studies from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a MS in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
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The Secrets to a Successful Lean Software Launch

Posted by Ryan Confer

Oct 22, 2015 7:34:00 AM

Introducing any new software solution to an organization is a challenge. There are generally technical issues and adoption obstacles to overcome. The deployment of Lean software adds an additional level of complexity to the mix because it involves more than just a new tool. It also involves a new way of thinking about organizational improvement and cross functional collaboration. Of course, we think it is worth the effort. We’ve assembled a few tips that have helped our clients successfully integrate Lean software into their organization’s way of life.

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Topics: Lean

3 Beliefs that Damage a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Posted by Ryan Confer

Oct 8, 2015 2:18:34 PM

This picture wasn’t taken at a liquor store with a witty staff. It was taken at Safeway, a major grocery store chain with more than 1,300 locations in the United States. Although it made me laugh, it isn’t an attempt at humor. The other side of the aisle is, in fact, a cold case with rotisserie chickens, macaroni & cheese, and other things that non-alcoholics might consider “meals to go.”  Safeway isn’t in the business of ending up on Buzzfeed, so how did this happen?

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Topics: Improvement Culture

7 Habits of Highly Effective Cross Functional Teams

Posted by Ryan Confer

Aug 18, 2015 7:31:00 AM

In a detailed study of 95 teams in 25 leading corporations, chosen by an independent panel of academics and experts, Behnam Tabrizi of the Harvard Business Review found that nearly 75% of cross-functional teams are dysfunctional. They fail on at least three of five criteria: meeting a planned budget, staying on schedule, adhering to specifications, meeting customer expectations, and maintaining alignment with the company’s corporate goals. That’s a disturbingly high failure rate measured by some pretty fundamental standards. Research by Tabrizi and others reveals that teams that are successful have some important habits in common.

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Leadership Success: How to Spread Continuous Improvement [SlideShare]

Posted by Ryan Confer

Jun 19, 2015 4:10:00 PM

Here at KaiNexus we often talk about the importance of leadership, methodology, and technology in spreading continuous improvement. This three-pronged approach is what we use when coaching our own customers through using KaiNexus to spread continuous improvement, but it's relevant for all organizations - whether you use KaiNexus' continuous improvement software or not. 

Take a look at these slides for the keys to success for any leaders looking to spread continuous improvement. 

To see how your culture stacks up, sign up for a free Improvement Culture Consultation. First we'll ask you some questions about leadership, methodology, and technology in your organization. Then we'll schedule a no-obligation call for you to pick the brains of our experts to learn what you can start doing today to spread continuous improvement far and wide using these three elements. 
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Topics: Leadership

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