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Revamped Notifications, Chart History, and Other Cool Stuff

Posted by Ryan Rippey

Nov 12, 2020 1:28:09 PM

2.4.9 is here with 24 improvements! Feel free to use that whole extra hour we got back (if you participate in Daylight Saving Time, that is) to check them out here:


We have completely revamped the Notifications window! The notification window has never been easier to get your work done in as you can now expand your notification window to see a detailed view of your items.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement Software

Highlights of KaiNexus 2.4.8

Posted by Ryan Rippey

Sep 29, 2020 6:23:56 PM

Fall is here, and so is our latest 2.4.8 release featuring 30 new improvements! Sit back, get cozy, and let’s take a look at some of the highlights:

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Parent: A Story of Nesting Items in KaiNexus

Posted by Ryan Rippey

Sep 3, 2020 9:30:00 AM

When working with your items in KaiNexus, you will often discover that the level of effort on certain Projects or Improvements would be best executed by breaking them down into smaller units of work.

For example:

For simple bottom-up Improvement, you may be working on an Improvement that requires you to delegate Tasks to individuals and the Tasks would be tied to the completion of that Improvement. For top-down project management, you may have a long-term/ongoing multi-tiered project structure that you wish to visualize in a hierarchical manner. For strategy deployment, you may want to have all of your project and improvement work roll up to a top-level strategic pillar. Whatever your use case, all of this mapping in KaiNexus is determined by nesting items, which is done using an item’s Parent field.

Let’s take a deeper dive into the functionality and possibilities of this Parent field:

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Highlights of KaiNexus 2.4.7

Posted by Ryan Rippey

Aug 24, 2020 12:10:50 PM

The days seem to be blending together lately, but KaiNexus is here to shake things up with our 2.4.7 release featuring 28 improvements!

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights:

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Upcoming Changes to KaiNexus Workflow Team Permissions

Posted by Maggie Millard

Jul 21, 2020 9:55:59 AM

The Product team here at KaiNexus is driven by the desire to continuously improve our software - and our best source of ideas for improvement comes from YOU, our customers. Whenever you submit an improvement idea for us via the web or through a person on our team, it’s immediately logged for our Product team to review and consider in future development plans.

Sometimes, we hear the same idea from a bunch of you - and that’s when it’s immediately clear that there’s a no-brainer opportunity to make KaiNexus better, and we have to jump on it.

For example, a lot of you have reached out lately about how a Facilitator is able to delete a Project. We originally thought that more flexibility is better - but when you all started pointing out how you can have these elaborate, long-term, complex Projects that someone can delete willy-nilly, that’s a serious problem… and, you’re right!

The need to delete an item in KaiNexus is rare, because generally, you want to preserve the record of that item and who submitted it even if you don’t intend to implement it. In most cases, the correct action is to archive the item, rather than to delete it.

This prompted us to take a look at how permissions work in KaiNexus, and we found several related areas to improve too, including who can edit Project due dates and what items different people are allowed to nest. In this post I’ll go into the nitty gritty details of how these changes impact different types of Workflows.

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What an Amazing View (Type)!

Posted by Ryan Rippey

Jul 16, 2020 9:45:00 AM

Customization and configuration is KaiNexus’ bread and butter - especially when it comes to visualization. Everyone prefers to visualize information differently, which is why KaiNexus offers 5 different View Types for list of items and those item’s details. Let’s take a deeper dive into each of these View Types and where you can take advantage of them in the system.

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How People are Using the New KaiNexus API

Posted by Matt Banna

Jul 9, 2020 10:25:01 AM

As we announced at our 2019 KaiNexicon Conference, KaiNexus made 2020 the Year of Mobile and API. Since then, we’ve made huge jumps in both of these areas.

My favorite part about all these new API enhancements is seeing how our customers utilize them to connect KaiNexus to other integral parts of their business. KaiNexus handles all of their improvement work - but they often need this work to integrate with other systems. 

To make this easier, the KaiNexus API can now:

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Highlights of KaiNexus 2.4.6

Posted by Ryan Rippey

Jul 6, 2020 10:10:00 AM

2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate! New KaiNexus features of course! Alright maybe that didn’t make any sense, but I’m sorry, I cannot contain my excitement for our recent 2.4.6 release featuring 22 enhancements!

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights:

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How to Make Better PICK Charts Using Weighted Scores

Posted by Maggie Millard

Jun 19, 2020 12:10:00 PM

I’m always on the lookout for cool Boards that I can “borrow” for my own use in KaiNexus, and when I recently discovered PICK charts configured with Weighted Scores, I knew that I had to share with you.

I’m sure I’m late to the party and you know all about PICK charts, but just in case, let’s review.

In our scenario, a PICK chart is a tool useful for visualizing the relative value, risk, and feasibility of a large number of improvements. They’re commonly used after a brainstorming session to help people choose which improvements to work on.

I’ve known about setting up PICK charts in KaiNexus using attribute values (as described here), but never really thought about how this Board functionality could be combined with weighted scoring to create a more objective, automated filtering system for the cards.

That’s what I’d like to share with you today.

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KaiNexus 2.4.5 is Here!

Posted by Danielle Yoon

May 21, 2020 1:11:58 PM

First off, we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! Although times look a little different now, our team continues to work hard to bring the best experience we can right to your KaiNexus’ fingertips. As much anticipated, we’re proud to bring to you our latest 2.4.5 release! Let’s take a look at some of the highlights:



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