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Turning a PMO & Continuous Improvement into an Innovation Team

Posted by Jake Sussman

Mar 8, 2017 8:19:00 AM

We love highlighting Lean success stories here at KaiNexus and so we were very excited when Erin Edwards, Continuous Improvement Manager at Four Seasons Produce agreed to host a webinar with us to highlight their success turning a Project Management Office (PMO) into an “Innovation Team.” Edwards is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with experience in both project management and continuous improvement and had been working with Four Seasons Produce for about five years when the webinar took place.

The webinar, Turning Continuous Improvement and a PMO into an Innovation Team, was hosted by our Vice-President of Improvement & Innovation Services, and founder of LeanBlog.org, Mark Graban. You can watch the full recorded webinar here. 

Four Seasons Produce is a full-service wholesale distributor and supplier of fresh organic, local, and conventional produce, which they supply to organic markets, food co-ops, independent retailers, chain stores, juice bars, and other produce buyers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

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Celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, Four Seasons Produce is growing; its 262,000 square foot warehouse in Ephrata Pennsylvania underwent a major expansion last year, which added space to both the warehouse and truck garages for their vehicle fleet.  

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Topics: Customer Testimonials, Webinars

Why This Organization Turned to Continuous Improvement Software

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 Neglected Aspect of Lean: Practical Problem Solving [Webinar]

Posted by Mark Graban

Jan 6, 2016 11:48:36 AM

We're very excited to be hosting a webinar on January 12, 2016, featuring Jon Miller, co-author of the excellent book Creating a Kaizen Culture: Align the Organization, Achieve Breakthrough Results, and Sustain the GainsJon is currently a partner at Gemba Academy, an organization that's a formal partner of KaiNexus. You can also check out his blog, "Gemba Panta Rei."

The topic of our webinar is "Practical Problem Solving."

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I think this is an underappreciated aspect of the Toyota Production System and Lean. Some refer to it as an "8-step problem solving" method. It's a shame that more people don't know about it since it's second nature to Toyota people. It's a very powerful method.

I had been using A3 problem solving methods for years, thinking of it in terms of the PDSA or Plan-Do-Study-Adjust model. But, when I had the chance to work with a former Toyota leader, Pascal Dennis, I was fortunate to learn this more precise 8-step model.

 

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Ask Us Anything: You Ask, We Answer

Posted by Mark Graban

Dec 31, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Last month, we hosting an "Ask Us Anything!" webinar in which Greg Jacobson (KaiNexus Co-Founder and CEO) and I answered a ton of questions submitted to us by the attendees. It was a ton of fun and gave us the opportunity to cover a wide range of topics in an hour rather than diving deep into any single area. Some of the topics that came up were Lean, continuous improvement, Kaizen, leadership, coaching, culture change, and technology.

You can watch the recording of that webinar here.

 

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Topics: Webinars

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