At the 2017 KaiNexus User Conference, I was thrilled to announce what's coming down the pipe here at KaiNexus.
We always know a couple versions of what's on the horizon, but you start getting two or three versions out, we're a very agile team. 90% of what we develop is synthesized feedback from our customers. 10% is stuff you need - but don't realize you need.
I can't tell you how important it is to engage with your CE team. Whether you want to call or email them, put things in KaiNexus and assign them to the CE team, or smoke signals, however you want to give us that feedback, please do. It's our lifeblood, and your opinions and experience make the product better for everybody.
Based on the feedback we've gotten from you guys, here's what we know we're going to work on next.
Watch my User Conference presentation here, or keep reading to get the highlights!
Threshold Charts & General Chart Enhancements
What's a threshold chart? This is where you can start doing things like identifying your baseline, your target, and your goals in KaiNexus and setting up notifications that let you know when you've reached those thresholds.
We're going to keep improving charts in general, including automating control charts.
Ever wanted to change the number of fields in a template? For instance, you wanted to have a 5 Whys section and want to build out each "Why" separately - sometimes only wanting three, but other times needing as many as eight? We're going to solve that - and many other use-cases - with ad-hoc fields.
Ad-hoc fields give you the ability to create more fields on the fly in a specific improvement or project, without having to edit the template on the back end.
You've always been able to associate charts with your improvement work; this is one of the fundamental reasons why your data has to get out of the spreadsheets buried in shared files. Your KPIs and your improvement work need to live together.
The problem, though, is that when looking at a chart impacted by multiple improvements, you haven't been able to tell which improvements occurred when - and therefore, what impact they had on the KPIs.
With the introduction of annotations, you'll be able to mark your charts with which improvements occurred when. This is a big deal because before when doing improvement work, you could hypothesize that that improvement would impact a KPI, but you didn't really have a way to tie the two together at a specific point in time.
Kiosk & Front Line Users
A lot of front-line employees don't have access to computers in their daily work and their managers don't want them to have to remember passwords, which makes it harder for them to participate in KaiNexus. Sure, we have single sign-on with active directory integration to help with this, but wouldn't it be awesome if people could just walk up to a KaiNexus kiosk and simply enter their improvements?
Kiosk mode will make that possible, revolutionizing the way some of our customers are using KaiNexus - especially at manufacturing organizations. With the addition of a new user type called Front Line Users, people will be able to search the system and submit improvements in a simpler way than ever before. KaiNexus Lite, if you will.
We're planning on getting KaiNexus to integrate with the most popular calendar tools you guys are using.
KaiNexus on a Wall
We released wallboard view, and while some people used it, it didn't really take off the way we thought. Still, though, we kept hearing the need to be able to see KaiNexus on a wall. Rather than in a rotating slideshow, people wanted it to actually be interactive.
In response to that need, we're going to be creating a wallboard experience that just puts KaiNexus on a wall. It will be more interactive to use in huddles and give access to anyone that just wants to walk up and see what's going on in KaiNexus.
Prioritization and Risk Calculation
A lot of you prioritize your work using some kind of weighted scale. One common way you do this is to answer a handful of questions on a scale and then use that to objectively calculate whether to take action. We're going to develop a prioritization and risk calculation feature to allow you to do that prioritization right in KaiNexus.
The way you guys feel about mobile is very interesting; some people can't live without it, and some people couldn't care less. No one really falls in the middle of those two extremes. Because we love you all equally, we will continue to develop the mobile platform and make it a more rich experience.
That's it for now - leave a comment and tell me what you're most excited about seeing!