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What I Learned by Leaving Toyota

Posted by Clint Corley

Nov 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Our 2019 KaiNexicon event in Austin was a tremendous success, thanks to all of our fabulous participants and speakers. Lots of valuable information was shared, and long-term connections formed.

The event kicked off with a Keynote from Jess Orr of WestRock Company. This post is a recap of her presentation. We invite you to watch the video as well.

Jess Orr is a continuous improvement manager with over 12 years of experience working in a variety of industries. Her approach has been greatly influenced by the time she spent working directly for Toyota in Georgetown, KY. Jess focuses on equipping and guiding people in the application of improvement principles and practices to elevate the performance of their organizations.


Jess shared that she worked for Toyota in Georgetown, Kentucky, for several years. Her experience of working there was utterly transformative, both personally and professionally. Due to some personal circumstances, she had to leave Toyota about four years ago, which was a difficult thing to do. Although it was devastating at the time, in hindsight, Jess believes it is one of the best things that ever happened to her.

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Topics: Kaizen, Improvement Culture, Spread Continuous Improvement, KaiNexus User Conference

KaiNexus User Conference Wrap-Up

Posted by Maggie Millard

Nov 11, 2016 2:03:07 PM

During this year’s KaiNexus User Conference, we brought together some of the best and brightest continuous improvement professionals representing organizations that have decided to invest in building a culture of improvement. We were absolutely thrilled to have so many of our customers in one place, talking about their continuous improvement efforts, learning about new KaiNexus features, and exchanging ideas and best practices with people from a variety of industries.

On Friday, we gave an overview of our favorite 2.0 features and gave a sneak peak into the upcoming 2.1 features. We also had an open session in which people could walk around and talk to our team about those new features, see them up close, and play with configurations - it was pretty cool, if I do say so myself!

The rest of the conference was filled with presentations and panels made up of our team and some of our awesome customers. Check out these highlights.

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Topics: KaiNexus User Conference

Why I’m So Excited About the Upcoming Change Management Workshop

Posted by Mark Graban

Sep 13, 2016 8:02:00 AM

I’m really excited that we’re holding our 2nd KaiNexus User Conference in Austin in November. Like last year, the main days (the 3rd and the 4th) will be jam packed full of great talks, panel discussions, and customer stories. I’ll be giving a talk again and we’ll also be joined by Jamie Flinchbaugh, who will give another keynote talk.

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Topics: KaiNexus User Conference

3 Expert Approaches to Getting Started with Continuous Improvement

Posted by Maggie Millard

Nov 23, 2015 9:52:59 AM

-Three KaiNexus customers from two very different industries shared strategies for jump-starting continuous improvement at the recent 2015 KaiNexus User Conference. Mark Graban, our moderator, asked each client on the Methodology Panel to speak to lessons learned on launching continuous improvement, and the answers really resonated with the CI experts in the room. I think that the conversation resulting from that question is extremely valuable not only to people who are thinking about beginning a Lean journey, but also for those who have been trying for a while and are struggling to get people on board with the culture change.

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Topics: Leadership, Customer Testimonials, KaiNexus User Conference

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