Electronic kaizen boards: Werfen AID's "My Continuous Improvement Idea" program

June 1, 2022 | 8:00 am to 9:30 am
Pacific Time
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Virtual event

Woman on computer in manufacturing plantSee the application of electronic kaizen suggestion boards using Trello at Werfen Autoimmunity (Inova Diagnostics).

Join us virtually and learn about Werfen AID's journey from physical kaizen boards to electronic boards. Hear about the challenges the company faced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the quick response efforts to sustain its "My Continuous Improvement Idea" program.


Werfen Autoimmunity (Inova Diagnostics)

Inova Diagnostics is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California, and is a part of Werfen, a global leader in IVD with a long term commitment to providing innovative solutions for hospitals and clinical laboratories to improve patient care. Inova Diagnostics manufactures IVD systems and reagents for autoimmune disease, and is a leader in the development and commercialization of new autoimmune technologies and diagnostic markers. Learn more at www.werfen.com/na/en/autoantibody-testing.


Johanna Sandoval is an operational excellence specialist at Werfen Autoimmunity, a biotech company. She has over five years of experience in lean/CI efforts and is passionate about lean/CI. When the pandemic hit in 2020, she helped pilot and deploy electronic Kaizen boards using Trello throughout several departments to help sustain Kaizen activity at her company. Sandoval holds a degree in biology from the University of California San Diego. She has worked in various roles throughout her career at Werfen Autoimmunity.


Armando Garcia-Caceres is an operations professional with over 20 years of experience in supply chain/operations management, having been bitten by the lean bug as early as 2005. He holds a bachelor's degree in international trade and an MBA from California State University San Marcos. He is currently the logistics and operational excellence manager for Werfen Autoimmunity. He is passionate about lean/CI and is always proud to showcase the creative results that the Werfen Autoimmunity OpEx community launched early in the pandemic.


Welcome & introduction to Inova
Brief history of the "My CI Idea" program through March 2020 and the transition to electronic idea boards
See several electronic "My CI Idea" program idea boards and dive into the details of the electronic card that has replaced the physical version.
View a demonstration of one electronic card, from entry, editing/debating/brainstorming, implementation, closure and report-out

  • Electonic kaizen boards
  • Continuous improvement culture
  • Problem solving
  • Waste reduction
  • Employee engagement

Lean learners and enthusiasts at all levels of the organization.


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