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Kade Jansson

Kade Jansson is a self-described "nerd", who enjoys blending business and technology to assist in lean and efficient practices. He grew up in Utah, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Utah Valley University in Business Management. Kade understands the importance of a technological advantage in today's fast-paced business world. Over the last ten years, he has enjoyed putting that knowledge to use while implementing business software into a variety of different markets. Loving his move to Austin, TX just over six years ago, Kade plans on staying. He enjoys the outdoors and spends as much time as possible camping, swimming, and disc golfing. He also enjoys tinkering with a variety of electronics and loves to drive his fiance crazy with the "latest and greatest" ways to electronify their home.
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Kaizen Thinking: 4 Ideas to Shape Your Outlook

Posted by Kade Jansson

Dec 21, 2020 12:04:19 PM

In Japanese, 'Kaizen" means "good change" (Kai = change, Zen = good). Kaizen describes a corporate philosophy of continuous improvement across the entire organization. In a clutter of Kaizen, employees work alongside each other to ensure consistent positive change.

Kaizen's foundation is simple: operations can always be made better, even if they are working well right now. When there are problems, people who practice Kaizen see them as opportunities for improvement.

The world's most successful companies have adopted Kaizen as a way to remain competitive by getting better all of the time.

While there are many tools and techniques used by Kaizen organizations, and even substantial management methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma that build on Kaizen thinking, you don't need a complicated approach to benefit from Kaizen.

All that is required is a mindful approach to problems and processes. Of course, technology can be a big assist in implementing improvements, but positive change starts with what you and other leaders in your organization believe.

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Topics: Kaizen, Improvement Culture, Improvement Methodology

Top 10 Standard Work Mistakes

Posted by Kade Jansson

Sep 14, 2020 5:01:20 PM

Standard Work is a simple, yet powerful process management technique. The current best practice for an operation or task is documented and followed until an improvement opportunity is discovered. Simple, right? In reality, it is a little more complicated than it sounds. We work with leaders who are implementing a host of improvement techniques, including Standard Work. We’ve seen it done very well, but we’ve also seen some ways it can go awry. Here are some of the most common errors we see organizations make when it comes to Standard Work.

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Topics: Leadership, Improvement Process

Essential Features of Kaizen Software

Posted by Kade Jansson

Jul 20, 2020 4:09:38 PM

Most people don't have much experience evaluating Kaizen software solutions, so you are not alone if you are at a loss about what to look for. Kaizen software can help bring your organization together around improvement work. It can accelerate the pace of good change and demonstrate the impact of the team's efforts. But there is a wide range of solutions available, some more helpful than others. Over the years, our clients have helped us build this list of essential features. It should prove useful during your search.

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Topics: Kaizen, Software, Continuous Improvement Software, Lean Software

Using Lean Software to Tackle the 8 Wastes

Posted by Kade Jansson

Apr 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Lean organizations look to minimize 8 types of waste in an effort to create the flawless flow of value to the customer. In a perfect world, no resources are used until necessary and every task contributes something for which customers are happy to pay.

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Topics: Lean, Continuous Improvement Software, Lean Software

Lean Software (In)Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Kade Jansson

Mar 26, 2020 9:15:00 AM

We are big fans of FAQ blog posts, but sometimes, it is even more interesting to think about the questions that don’t get asked but should. We talk to people about Lean software all the time. Folks usually ask about features, price, support, and implementation. Those are all critical considerations when comparing Lean software solutions, but we think there are a few others that are just as important.

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Lean Tools You Can Manage In the Cloud

Posted by Kade Jansson

Feb 13, 2020 1:46:00 PM

Organizations that adopt the Lean approach to business management have many tools and techniques to leverage. That’s one of the most appealing aspects of the methodology, you simply select the right tool for the job and get about the process of problem-solving in a very controlled, and repeatable manner. Software supports many Lean tools in various ways and creates a unified platform for all types of improvement work.

Here are some of the most popular.

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What is Kaizen? A Description and Examples.

Posted by Kade Jansson

Nov 8, 2019 9:24:36 AM

“All changes, even positive ones, are scary. Attempts to reach goals through radical or revolutionary means often fail because they heighten fear. But the smalls steps of Kaizen disarm the brain’s fear response, stimulating rational thought, and creative play."
One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way – Robert Maurer Ph.D.

The word Kaizen comes from the Japanese words for “Good” and “Change.” In businesses and other organizations, Kaizen refers to activities that continually improve all processes and involve every employee from the executive team to front line workers. Kaizen, as a foundational business philosophy, was first embraced by Japanese manufactures after the Second World War.

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Topics: Kaizen

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