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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is continuous improvement?
    Continuous improvement is an organized approach to identifying opportunities for improvement to help an organization achieve its goals including:

    1. Increasing profits

    2. Reducing costs

    3. Saving time

    4. Accelerating innovation

    5. Enhancing quality of a product or service

    6. Improving safety

    7. Increasing customer and employee satisfaction


  2. What is the meaning behind the name "KaiNexus?"
    The name "KaiNexus" comes from two words: "Kai" is a Japanese word meaning "change," and a "nexus" is a connection. So "KaiNexus" is literally a connection for change.


  3. Where do I go to log in?
    Log into KaiNexus by:

    1. Going to your organization’s unique login URL (eg. yourcompanyname.kainexus.com).

      OR


    2. Clicking the link in any email KaiNexus sends you, including the one you received introducing you to KaiNexus and every notification you’ve gotten about your Improvements.

      OR

    3. Clicking a link on your organization or department’s homepage (or workstation desktop)


  4. I’ve been locked out of my account. How do I get back in?
    You need to reset your password.


  5. One of my employees has been locked out of their account. How can I help them get back into the system?
    If you are a Global User Admin or a Local User Admin with the appropriate permissions in that user's Location(s), you can either:

  6. How do I reset my password?
    After going to your organization's unique URL - which is something like yourcompanyname.kainexus.com - click “Can’t access your account?” under the sign-in button.

    If you have an email address associated with your account, click “Reset password via email” and enter either your username or email address.

    If you do not have an email address associated with your account, click “Contact account support” and enter your name, username, and email address (if you have one). Someone will reach out to you shortly to offer assistance.

    Click here for more information.


  7. How do I change my default Board?
    When you’re looking at the Board you want to set as your default, click  in the top right corner under your name and profile picture.


  8. What kind of emails will I get from KaiNexus?
    1. Smart Notifications: Instant updates sent based on your custom notification preferences.

    2. Daily Digest: An email summary of everything you need to know and do in KaiNexus.

    3. Custom Emails: Emails sent by users through KaiNexus to notify their teams of new comments and resolutions when entering a comment or resolving an Improvement.


  9. How can I change my notification preferences?
    Choose your notification preferences based on leadership and methodology best practices, or customize them for a perfect fit.

    You can specialize your notification preferences in your user profile. Each preference can be based on any event in KaiNexus, with specifications on how and when you want to be informed.

    Click here for more information.


  10. How can I view all my Improvements, Projects, Tasks, and metrics?
    Open your profile by clicking your name in the top right corner of KaiNexus and choosing "User Profile." In the resulting window, click "View Activity."

    Open the Improvements, Projects, or Tasks tabs to see a list of corresponding items with which you're involved. You can filter each of these lists to include only certain information.

    Open the Metrics tab to see the total impact and statistics about every Improvement with which you are involved.

    Click here for more information.

  11. What’s the difference between an Improvement, Project, and Task?
    Improvement: A single suggestion, idea, or observation that will be investigated and implemented by one person or a small team. Improvements can either stand alone or be part of a Project.

    Project: Comprised of a group of Improvements that all relate to the greater project goal, with many different people submitting, assigning, working on, and resolving Improvements. Projects can contain Improvements and/or other Projects.

    Tasks are used to break an Improvement or Project up into smaller units of work and assign due dates.

    Click here for more information.


  12. Can a Project have a Resolution?
    A Project cannot have a Resolution, but each Improvement that was part of the Project does. The impact reported in each of those Resolutions is combined to create the Project’s total impact, which can be viewed from the Project’s page.

    Click here for more information.


  13. Can I respond to a comment via email?
    Yes! When you receive a custom email (not the daily digest) notifying you of a comment, you can respond directly from your email for a faster answer that still maintains your permanent record of communication within KaiNexus.

    To do so, just reply to the email; the body of your email will become the new comment.

    Pro Tip: Remove your signature to keep your comment concise.

    Click here for more information.


  14. What are the differences in what the different roles can do in Projects and Improvements?
    There are two factors that determine what you can and can’t do with an Improvement or Project: your relationship with it and whether or not you have a specialized Role in KaiNexus.

    Improvement Teams:

    Your specialized Role might include the permission to view and assign new Improvements, edit Improvements, assign Honor Roll, create private Improvements, or delete Improvements. Click here for more information.


    Project Teams:

    Your specialized Role might include the permission to act as a Project Administrator, essentially becoming an unlisted Facilitator on any Project in the set location. Click here for more information.

  15. Why can’t I edit or change the status of an Improvement?
    You do not have permission - as determined by your Role - to edit an Improvement in that part of your organization’s Network.

    To be able to edit that Improvement:

    • If you have the “edit” permission for Improvements in your Network Location, transfer the Improvement to your location.

      OR

    • If you have the “edit” permission for your Level and below, you would need to be moved to a higher Level in the Network.

      OR

    • Have a User Admin edit your Roles and permissions so that you can edit Improvements in that Location.

    Or, just have a user with the appropriate permissions make the changes for you.


  16. Are nested Improvements automatically completed when the parent Project is completed?
    No. After the parent Project is completed, you can continue working on any of its Improvements.


  17. How can I attach a document to my Project or Improvement so that my team can update it in real time?
    Google Docs, Spreadsheets, and Slides are great because, by adding a link to that document to your Project or Improvement, you make sure that your team can easily access and update it.

    You can also attach a regular file to the Project or Improvement, but to update it, your team will need to download it, update it, and reattach the updated version.

    Click here for more information on attaching files.

    Click here for more information on adding links.


  18. Have a question that’s not answered here?
    Click Submit a Ticket in the top right corner of the screen.

 

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