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Matt Banna

As a Solutions Engineer, Matt works with Sales, Customer Experience, Product, and Support. Basically, if you have a question about KaiNexus, Matt probably knows the answer. A Chicago transplant, Matt relocated to Austin in 2016 after a short stint working in Business Development for the Chicago Bears. With a background in professional sports, Matt loves the close-knit structure of the KaiNexus team. When he's not at work, you can probably find him at the gym or at Buford’s bar watching his hometown Chicago Cubs or Bears.
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10 Principles Of Process Improvement in Manufacturing

Posted by Matt Banna

Dec 1, 2020 4:19:27 PM

Manufacturing organizations undertake process improvement efforts to improve quality, reduce costs, and meet ever-evolving customer demands. Many manufacturing leaders turn to specific quality improvement methodologies such as Lean Manufacturing or Six Sigma, while others take a less formal approach. In either case, there are some core principles of process improvement that form the foundation for positive change. Here are 10 that will improve the probability of achieving the goals of your projects.

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Topics: Improvement Process

5 Signs You Need Process Improvement Software

Posted by Matt Banna

Sep 1, 2020 11:35:30 AM

Leaders have a lot to juggle when making decisions about what investments are most important for the organization. They must consider the need of all stakeholders, and there are often competing priorities. We talk to leaders all the time who think that their organization might benefit from process improvement software, but aren't quite sure if the time is right to make the investment. In our experience, some signs indicate it's time to act.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement Software

Top 10 Reasons to Implement Continuous Improvement Software

Posted by Matt Banna

Jun 22, 2020 5:31:46 PM

 

Each customer who comes to us has a unique set of challenges and goals. Each will implement our solution in a different way that fits their needs, but there are some common reasons that they've decided to invest in improvement management software.

Here are the top 10 most common reasons:

1. It Brings Structure to Improvement Work

Many organizations use improvement techniques and tools, like Standard Work, PDSA, A3, and others, to support improvement activities. Continuous improvement software is a platform for managing those tools and making them more useful. Every team member has one place to go to document improvement efforts, accept and make assignments, and communicate about every open project.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement Software

Quality Improvement Software Implementation Mistakes to Avoid.

Posted by Matt Banna

Feb 26, 2020 9:20:00 AM

Most of our customers have had a fantastic experience implementing quality improvement software. Their teams are excited, energized, and actively working on improvement projects across all categories. But once in a while, we hear from organizations that have had a bigger struggle. We’ve identified some self-defeating mistakes that are common in these cases. The result is a “not-to-do” list.

Lacking Executive Support and Engagement

While at work, people generally do what they are asked to, but they are also very observant and recognize which initiatives have legs and which are just the special of the day. If you attempt to implement a platform for supporting quality improvement without strong executive support, employees are far more likely to check only the required boxes than to actively engage.

On the other hand, if it is clear that the solution will be used for executive-level decision making, people are far more likely to get on board. Leaders should be involved in the rollout and should be personally involved in recognizing the people, departments, and teams that are contributing to positive change.

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Topics: Quality, Continuous Improvement Software

Lean Software FAQs

Posted by Matt Banna

Jul 29, 2019 3:15:02 PM

The Lean management approach to business has been around for decades. It grew out of the paradigm that Toyota applied to automobile manufacturing, but it has been adapted to suit organizations of all types. For many years it was managed with physical documents, then spreadsheets and email. Today, fortunately, there are applications designed to help support the approach and calculate the results of Lean related improvements. If you are new to the Lean methodology or simply looking for ways to help your organization accelerate improvement, this post will be of use. We’ll answer the questions we get asked most often about Lean technology.

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