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How to Convince Your Boss to Invest in Kaizen Software

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Mar 22, 2017 11:07:36 AM

Selling up can be tough. If you believe that your organization could benefit from Kaizen software, but your boss (or whoever has to approve the investment) hasn’t quite arrived at that conclusion, you are in a frustrating spot. We’d like to help. We spend a lot of time talking to customers about where they find the most value in Kaizen software and they’ve made a pretty compelling case for applying a technology solution to the challenge of improvement. Here’s what they’ve told us about how they have benefited.

Maybe one or more of these reasons will push your team over the tipping point.

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Topics: Innovation Software, Kaizen, Software, Continuous Improvement Software

The Intersection of Culture & Technology [Webinar Preview]

Posted by Kade Jansson

Mar 13, 2017 1:34:55 PM

If the amazing insights Matthew Cannistraro shared with listeners in the KaiNexus webinar The Intersection of Culture and Technology: Capturing Improvement Where it Happens could be summed up in a few words, it would be that technology influences results.

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Matthew Cannistraro is an Operations Analyst in the Sheet Metal Group at JC Cannistraro. He was joined by KaiNexus Vice-President of Improvement & Innovation Services and founder of LeanBlog.org Mark Graban, who hosted the webinar.

JC Cannistraro is a mechanical contractor who designs, fabricates and installs different systems for commercial buildings in Boston, with a specialization in hospitals and labs. It is a family business that has been transformed by technology.

“I think that that’s really important to understand, that like most organizations today, technology is a core part of all of our work flows. From design to installation, it’s a tool that everybody uses. And that is a really important part about how we use KaiNexus and how are improvement culture functions,” Cannistraro said.

Technology transformed them into a learning organization and allowed them to bring in young faces and to invite young students in co-operation programs, some of whom grew into leadership positions.

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Before they started using KaiNexus, JC Cannistraro used their own internal continuous improvement program, in which they tracked improvements with Google Sheets, but at some point this program went dead, flatlining in the number of improvements adopted over time. To combat this, they started using 5S training to make new improvements. Cannistraro stressed that the important thing 5S gave their teams a shared understanding of what they tried to improve, which in turn allowed them to see more opportunities for improvement. In fact, the result was too many opportunities to manage and soon a better solution was needed.

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Topics: Improvement Culture, Continuous Improvement Software, Webinars

What You Need to Know About Working at KaiNexus

Posted by Matt Paliulis

Mar 6, 2017 9:48:04 AM

Editor’s Note: For those of you who have anxiously been awaiting the news that KaiNexus is hiring (anyone? anyone?), I’m happy to announce that we’re looking for a front end web developer for our Dallas office! I’ve never actually been to the Dallas office (most of our team is in Austin, so we meet there), so I asked Matt Paliulis, our COO and Co-Founder, to tell us what it’s like to work there in the land of KaiNexus Developers. If you’re ready to apply, go here to learn more about this particular job - and if you need more convincing, read on!

 

Here at KaiNexus, we believe that each person in our company plays a critical role in the success of our company - and our customers. We’ve grown rapidly over the past couple of years, but we’re still a small team, making each person’s contributions critical.

When most people think of a tech startup, they envision a bunch of dudes in the break room wearing virtual reality headsets chugging Red Bull at 3 am. This stereotypical version of a tech startup exists somewhere, but that’s not us.

We have no Foosball table, we don’t drink energy drinks all day (well, unless you count good coffee and tea), and we don’t sit around playing video games and high-fiving. 

That’s not to say that working at KaiNexus isn’t awesome, though. KaiNexus people are passionate people who love coming to work each day; they love the challenge of solving difficult problems. They love being able to see their ideas come to life and help mold the future of our company and product. They love learning new things. A common answer to a ‘can you do….?' or 'have you done….?’ question, is 'Not yet.’

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Topics: Continuous Improvement Software

Hesitant to Move to Improvement Software? You're Not Alone.

Posted by Matt Banna

Jan 20, 2017 7:02:00 AM

As a guy that works on the Sales Team at KaiNexus, I often hear a lot of objections about making the move from paper and pencil, physical boards, and excel spreadsheets to a completely digital system. I understand those objections. As humans, we’re creatures of habit. Change can be difficult, especially moving to something new and unfamiliar.

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Topics: Software, Continuous Improvement Software

How Workflow Software Accelerates Improvement

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Jan 11, 2017 8:40:00 AM

Once organizations realize the value of daily continuous improvement and learn to leverage employee ideas for innovation, they often turn their focus to how to accelerate the pace of improvement.

There are many ways that teams can get the most out of their improvement efforts. Workflow software is one tool that helps companies manage more improvement projects at the same time and pave a faster path to tangible results.

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Topics: Innovation Software, Software, Continuous Improvement Software

Yes, You Can Spread an Improvement Culture with Limited Resources

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Dec 16, 2016 7:42:00 AM

Hint: Continuous Improvement Software Makes it Possible 

Creating a unified culture of continuous improvement, rolling out new software to help capture that improvement, measuring that improvement, and sharing knowledge to maximize improvement; it all sounds like a huge job, doesn’t it? You might be mentally reviewing the resources your organization has and thinking that despite the amazing impact it could have both in the short and long term, you just don’t have the employee time or means to pull it off right now. Luckily, spreading continuous improvement culture with limited resources is easier than you might think.

Dr. Tania Lyon, Director of Organizational Performance Improvement for St. Clair Hospital knows about fostering a culture of improvement and deploying continuous improvement software with limited resources. Dr. Lyon recently hosted a KaiNexus webinar alongside Mark Graban, KaiNexus Vice-President of Improvement & Innovation Services and founder of LeanBlog.org.  In that KaiNexus webinar, available here, she outlined how her small department of just two part-time staff managed to roll-out continuous improvement software to an organization of over 550 physicians and 2,400 employees, experiencing success all along the way.

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Topics: Spread Continuous Improvement, Continuous Improvement Software, Customer Testimonials

Why This Organization Turned to Continuous Improvement Software [Webinar on Demand]

Posted by Maggie Millard

Dec 9, 2016 8:04:00 AM

When Dr. Tania Lyon became the first Director of Organizational Performance Improvement for St. Clair Hospital, continuous improvement software wasn’t the first thing she tried in working to create an improvement culture but, as she explained in a November 2016 KaiNexus webinar, the transition from paper to KaiNexus was inevitable.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement Software, Customer Testimonials, Webinars

The Irony of NOT Using Improvement Workflow Software

Posted by Maggie Millard

Dec 7, 2016 8:03:00 AM

Google defines irony as, “A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.” We differ with this a little in that some ironic situations are not amusing at all. Sometimes they are sad or even painful.

Case in point – many organizations that are focused on continuous improvement and Lean, Six Sigma, TQM, or one of the other popular business methodologies, believe in the idea of Standard work. They have a well-defined, accessible, and up to date standard for every business process and task. But (here’s the ironic part) they have no standard for the process of improvement itself. Sure, there may be a vague idea about how improvement projects should be managed, but there’s nothing in place to enforce consistent approvals, execution, and reporting.

One way to address this incongruity is the use of improvement workflow software. It provides a structure for improvement work and ensures that the process is repeatable, measurable, and documented. Here are a few key benefits:

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Topics: Software, Continuous Improvement Software

What Makes KaiNexus Different From Your Standard Software Vendor

Posted by Chris Luckett

Dec 5, 2016 10:46:55 AM

Thanks to a certain airline that shall remain unnamed, a specific part of the country, one un-maintained part on an airplane, and a Presidential fly over, I had some time to reflect on KaiNexus and the recent User Conference I attended in Austin, TX. 

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Topics: Continuous Improvement Software

6 Critical Features of a Best-in-Class Lean Management System

Posted by Greg Jacobson

Dec 2, 2016 8:16:00 AM

Choosing to implement technology to support your Lean management efforts is an important first step on the path to continuous improvement. It’s unlikely that you choose Lean management technology on a regular basis, so it isn’t surprising if you are finding it a challenge to find the best solution for your organization. Some solutions offered up as Lean management software are nothing more than basic project management tools described in terms of Lean. The most successful leaders instead opt for a solution that was built from the ground up as an improvement management platform.

Here are six features to look for if you want to select a best-in-class lean management system.

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Topics: Lean, Software, Continuous Improvement Software