Articles: Operational Excellence

From Functional Excellence to Integral Collaboration

Paper maps have been a staple in my luggage when I travel as I rely on them to get myself oriented in a new city. In my recent trip to France, I managed to rely fully on my smartphone. Prior to departure, I did some research to get myself oriented… [More]

5 Ineffective Practices with Rules You Want to Avoid

Running an effective operation requires rules. Businesses need to establish rules for acquisitions of materials and labour, capital requests, quality control, and other operating procedures. These rules formulate a framework that enables smooth execution. A lack of them, or failure to follow these rules, would lead to adverse effects. Here… [More]

Five Reasons Why Modernization Initiatives Deliver Lack-lustre Results

Modernization initiatives are supposed to be transformative. Expectations for return on investment are high. Despite the commitment for resources and executive support, these initiatives often deliver lack-lustre results. There are five reasons for the lack-lustre results. 1. Conservative approach Concerned about potential chaos created by sudden drastic changes, the business… [More]

Operational Alignment to Remove Customer Irritants

Every customer has unique expectations from her purchases. These expectations range from quality to unfaltering customer support. The challenge posed to every business is its ability to orchestrate the operations to meet these expectation. Failure to do so translates into irritations for customers. Here is a list of eight customer… [More]

A Framework for Process Management

Excelling businesses are supported by well integrated processes within and across different functional areas. In order to maintain high performing processes in a rapidly changing business environment, it is essential to have a sound process management framework. There are six elements to a process management framework. Ownership A plant foreman… [More]

The Resolute to Succeed

Hitting a hole in one was such an ego booster to a beginner golfer. I was thrilled when that happened half way through a 9-hole golf course. That summer, I thought I would only get better at this challenging sport. That was ten years ago. For the past few years,… [More]

The Stewardship of Process Excellence

Business processes are the backbones to the engine that runs a company. Their effectiveness has a direct impact on the top-line and the bottom-line. As important as it is, not many companies have dedicated resources to ensure that processes are performing optimally. There are two key reasons why process ownership… [More]

A Framework for ROI Validation

Companies spend millions each year to invest in initiatives to enhance their business. They are diligent in the preparation of a business case to justify the need. A committee reviews the business case before the requested fund is granted. Upon implementation, there is little effort spent on monitoring how the… [More]

The 5 Myths of Operational Efficiency

An efficient operation is a competitive advantage. While it is an common goal, companies might not benefit from it when the focus doesn’t align with the intent leading to compromised results. There are 5 myths about operational efficiency. 1. Low cost is good for the bottom-line Keeping cost down is… [More]

The ABCs of Operational Excellence

Running a business effectively has many advantages. You serve the customers well, keep a healthy bottom-line, and foster positive morale in the organization. Companies that are successful in weathering the ups and downs in the competitive marketplace practise the ABCs of operational excellence, which are alignment, balance and collaboration. Alignment… [More]

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