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Plus Location Systems using Kanban
Industry: People and Stock Location Technologies
Use case: Process and project management
Organization: Plus Location Systems & BlueCats - provider of real-time activity analysis and intelligence driven by precise location tracking of assets and people
Favorite feature: The simplicity and user-friendliness of the system
PLUS Location Systems provide real-time activity analysis and intelligence driven by precise location tracking of assets and people in a wide range of markets.
The other side of the company is BlueCats, a platform based on electronic beacons, aimed at making location of a desired group of customers possible, together with providing a detailed analysis of their location and behaviour.
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Please, tell us what is your work about.
There are two sides to our company: PLUS Location Systems and BlueCats.
PLUS Location Systems provide real-time activity analysis and intelligence driven by precise location tracking of assets and people in the following markets:
Warehousing, Manufacturing, and Material Processing
Facility and Staff Utilization and Safety
Hospitality and Customer Service
Athlete Performance Assessment and Training
Rehabilitation and Geriatric Patient Assessment and Treatment
Stadium Sports Entertainment Enhancement
Health Care Staff, Patient and Equipment Management
Soldier and Emergency Personnel Training
Livestock Production and Management
Bluecats is a platform based on electronic beacons, aimed at making location of a desired group of customers possible, together with providing a detailed analysis of their location and behaviour.
What kind of processes do you manage using Kanban Tool?
We manage all of our company’s activities using 11 different boards. Here is a list of our current boards and a description of the processes associated with each board.
Senior Management - Activities being managed by senior staff
Administration - Human Resources, Accounting, Contracts, Intellectual Property and Quality Management activities
Operations - Facilities, Document Control, Information Technology and Supply Chain Management activities
Production - Receiving, Raw Material Inventory Management, Electronic Assembly, Mechanical Assembly, Test, Finished Goods Inventory Management, Packing and Shipping activities
BlueCats Customer Specific POC & Development - Project Status and Activity Required to support major customer POCs and win contracts
Market/Business Development - Market Research, Market/Technology Roadmap, Public Relations, Marketing and Partnership Development activities
Sales Pipeline - A high level overview of key sales pipeline activities from raw leads through signed contract
Customer Projects - Site Installation, Customer/Reseller Training, General Service and Warranty Service activities
Technology and Process Development - Technology Research, Market/Technology Roadmap, Simulation/Analysis, Proof of Concept, Intellectual Property Development, and Assembly and Test Process Research and Development activities
Product Development - Requirements, Mechanical Hardware, Electronic Hardware, Embedded Software and Firmware, Prototyping, Regulatory Compliance, Packaging and User Documentation development activities
Software Development - Software Development project activity
Could you describe your work flow?
We have 11 different boards with several different board templates and two different card templates. Here is an example of one of the many we use:
What adjustments did you make in order to improve your work flow?
We developed our own five level priority scheme using Card Types. This allows us to tie the card color to priority. This makes visual identification of higher priority tasks easier.
What features or integrations do you value most in Kanban Tool and why?
The simplicity and user friendliness of the system is the main reason that we selected Kanban Tool. Other solutions may have more features, but the added complexity and knowledge base required to use such systems reduces their viability. Kanban Tool is so easy to use that almost no explanation is required.
The ability to include checklists, comments, automated email notifications and other features as needed enable us to configure the system to meet our needs.
What are the most important benefits of using Kanban Tool for you?
Kanban Tool gives us both broad and detailed visibility of activity in our company. We are still evolving the set-up of the tool, and expect that we will continue to add and change boards and change the structure of our cards and the use of custom applications.
Kanban Tool is a visual management application based on Kanban that helps companies visualize workflow, track project progress and analyze and significantly improve business processes. Kanban Tool provides powerful online Kanban boards, insightful Kanban analytics and seamless time tracking. Our Kanban software works perfectly in software development and is designed for Scrum and Kanban teams that want to visualize work on Kanban board.